Delivering social impact in fragile & conflict-affected societies

Who we are

FCS Impact is a Netherlands based consultancy organization and social enterprise. Our higher business purpose is to fulfill the potential in delivering high sustainable social impact in Fragile and Conflict-affected Situations (FCS). We are driven by our core values of social responsibility, integrity and trust. 

FCS Impact has been founded in April 2020 with the aim of becoming a specialized social entreprise serving a variety of international clients such as governments, international organizations and companies in dealing with the complexities they face in FCS. 

Team members have a strong practice in FCS and work together with a global network of locally experienced practitioners and international experts across diverse fields of expertise and perspectives. 

"Over the years, I have seen the unwanted effects of current practices in many fragile and conflict-affected communities. Therefore, I am motivated to change these practices and help demonstrate genuine positive impact. I also believe people including consumers are entitled to know that the products they buy as well as the governments they elect make responsible choices based on the best available evidences": Marcel Smits, CEO, FCS Impact 

The Team

Marcel Smits, CEO

Marcel has over 20 years of experience working with international organizations for sustainable social and economic development in Fragile and Conflict-affected States in South Asia, Africa, Balkans and the Caucasus. At the moment, Marcel works together with LSE-Ideas and the UN Human Security Unit on the Human Security Business Partnerships to encourage collaboration between the private sector, the public sector, and civil society to address a wide range of security needs on the ground. Marcel is also the Director of the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) in The Hague. Prior to this he was the Policy Specialist on Private Sector and Conflict at Oxfam in The Netherlands.

Paul Turner, Consultant

Over the last 25 years, Paul has developed policy, advanced learning, and led implementation of projects – from assessment and design to their evaluation while working in more than 45 fragile and conflict-affected countries supporting grassroots efforts, national governments, and multinational institutions.  Mr. Turner is currently the Technical Director Peace and Stabilization at Management Systems International where he oversees the implementation of a regional governance and stabilization project focused on research and piloting innovative approaches.