Difficult environments: We can operate anywhere.

When USAID needed to survey Pakistan’s FATA tribal belt on the Afghan border, where Pakistani pollsters would not set foot, they turned to us. Together with local trainers, we trained local NGO staff in interviewing, and did the job.

Other Charney “firsts” in tough spots include the first polls in Afghanistan, East Timor, and Cambodia.

Accuracy: We know emerging markets.

After Indonesia’s dictator fell, provoking fear the country would collapse, our polling showed the transition election would succeed. The skeptics wished they’d listened when the vote went well – and the rupiah doubled against the dollar!

We have worked in over 45 developing countries, and we have surprised the “experts” time and again with results that proved valid and crucial.

Client responsiveness: We understand your needs.

When developed-country supermarkets and developing-country fish farmers struggled to agree to ecological standards, their NGO partner asked for help. We tapped opinion in 15 countries, North and South, on five continents, and found common ground.

As specialists in emerging markets, we provide custom solutions to client needs, and we are good listeners, so you will be comfortable working with us even on unfamiliar terrain.

Smoothly-running projects: We minimize your risks.

The Center for International Private Enterprise wasn’t sure how to poll companies in Afghanistan, where there’s no Yellow Pages.  We devised a unique sampling approach to get the job done.

We’ve done over 350 studies in developing countries. We know all the possible pitfalls– and how to avoid them.

Analyses and presentations: We deliver clear, actionable results.

We’ve presented findings to the National Security Council five times, as well as at the highest levels of the State Department, Pentagon, United Nations, and NATO, and top management at major international firms.

Because we understand developing countries’ contexts and backgrounds, our analyses are more than data dumps.  We answer the “so what” – and the “do what?”