We support our clients by distilling the best in international knowledge, and applying it to their unique circumstances. The Agulhas approach is practical and challenging. In all of our engagements, we strive to:

  1. Access the most innovative knowledge available through our network
  2. Collaborate closely with clients, stakeholders and beneficiaries
  3. Provide honest insights and analysis based on analysis on robust, triangulated and objective evidence.
  4. Deliver a final output that challenges and produces real change
At Agulhas we work for a more sustainable world. One of our key principles is to do our best to minimize our negative impacts on the planet through lowering our carbon, waste and water consumption.

We cycle or walk where possible, we travel by bike or public transport in the UK and by train to continental Europe. When we take long flights we offset these and pull our carbon emissions through Pure Leapfrog, the best provider of carbon offsetting in the UK. We use 100% green electricity and gas; we use recycled paper as a standard and recycle as much of our waste as possible.

For more than 10 years Agulhas has worked with development agencies, governments, development banks, corporations and civil society to tackle some of the most challenging issues around climate change and sustainability, the management and policy around aid, state fragility and response to disaster, governance and institutional capacity.

Agulhas was founded in 2003.  Led by Nigel Thornton, Catherine Cameron and Marcus Cox, the company has a business model that works only with trusted individuals to ensure quality.  Driven by a desire to do valuable work and participate in critical debates in development and sustainability, the directors took a conscious choice to develop the company organically, adapting to the market and client’s needs.

The name Agulhas comes from Cape Agulhas, the southern tip of the African continent, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. In Cape Agulhas, the warm current flows along the east coast of the continent and reaches the Indian Ocean.

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