To truly effect change in this modern world – where technological leaps and economic woes drive globalisation, and with the recognition of the interconnected nature of reality – consultancy revolves around KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE and WISDOM. To be able to advise, guide, facilitate and support, we have the KNOWLEDGE to know what can be done and the WISDOM combined with EXPERIENCE to know what should be done.


SAAFCONSULT is a niche firm, which is at the forefront of development consultancy. We work with a broad range of actors to achieve results that are useful and practical to the client. Our main fields of work are:

– Water and peace
– Water, livelihoods and climate change
– Water and nature
– Water supply and sanitation

Our work model is one of cooperation and sharing. We work and partner with a large variety of international and national civil society organisations from across the globe to optimise our services and strengthen our commercial activities.

SaafConsult B.V. was established in 2005 and is registered in Leiden, the Netherlands. We have a geographical focus on the Middle-East-North-Africa region as well as South and Central Asia. For countries or regions where SaafConsult does not have primary expertise, we associate with partner firms and organisations to ensure optimal service delivery.

Mission Statement: To provide consultancy, project management and investments to projects, organizations and funds that contribute to the sustainable use of natural resources in developing countries and countries in transition.


Our team is a carefully selected group of experts of all ages that complement one another and provide the right mix of seniority and daring that we require to keep on innovating and adapting.

Apart from our in-house experts SaafConsult cooperates with a wide range of international as well as national professionals who specialize in: micro and macroeconomics; public finance; infrastructure development; urban planning; transportation; public policy management; waste management; procurement procedures; regional development; human rights and gender issues; resettlement and many other issues.


Ele Jan Saaf

Managing Director and Senior Expert

Focus areas: sustainable development; water resources management for nature, agriculture, energy and climate change; river basin management; water supply and sanitation; ecosystem valuations; project management; monitoring & evaluation


Vincent van Haaren

WASH Expert

Focus areas: institutional and organisational development; water and sanitation; monitoring and evaluation; project management


Hajem Halaseh

Country Representative of Saafconsult Levant

Focus areas: water management, fish farming, social and physical infrastructure, local and regional


Marielouise Slettenhaar-Ket

Environmental Expert

Focus areas: environmental management; nature conservation; good governance; strategic planning, donor coordination; monitoring & evaluation


Jędrzej Witkowski, Ph.D.

Business Development Specialist, Expert

Focus areas: education and training, education policies, civic dialogue, civic engagement, research, public policy, project management


In order to broaden the scope of our consultancy offer and improve its quality with a particular emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa, we have started a long-term cooperation with our trusted partner – Centre for Development Services, Egypt.

Together we run CDS-Saaf Global – a General Partnership under Dutch Law registered in Leiden, The Netherlands (Chamber of Commerce Registration Number 64362140).

CDS-Saaf Global combines more than 25 years of solid consultancy work in a diversity of sectors throughout the Middle East, Central Africa and South Asia Regions. As an entity with more than 60 professionals working on a wide array of diverse projects,

CDS-Saaf is able to provide services in the fields of research, M&E, training, capacity building, technical assistance, and the mobilization of technical and financial resources for planning and undertaking development endeavours with a network of affiliated organizations across the many regions we operate in today.

Our field of expertise includes strategic management, urban water supply and sanitation, utility management, WASH, water resources policy planning and management, renewable energy, capacity building, agribusiness and agricultural development, SME development, gender and social services.

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SaafConsult shares its unique expertise with a variety of clients from all sectors. It proudly delivers consulting services to partners country governments, large multilateral organizations and bilateral donor agencies as well as private companies and civil society.

Multilateral financing institutions and intergovernmental organizations

UN organizations

Bilateral Development Agencies and Donor Governments

Partner Country Governments

Business sector

Civil society organizations