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7 February
2018

IDC hearing of ICAI Inclusive Growth review

By |News from Agulhas|

The International Development Committee (IDC) heard from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) and the Department for International Development (DFID) the recently published ICAI reviews: DFID's approach to supporting Inclusive growth in Africa. Tina Fahm, ICAI commissioner, was supported by Agulhas Director Dr Marcus Cox. Press Coverage: Devex Watch the session  

23 January
2018

The Trust Machine: What blockchain can (and can’t) do for development – Paige Isaacson

By |News comment and analysis|

Blockchain has become hugely popular amongst tech and development professionals alike, brandishing the power to “disrupt” nearly every facet of civil society, aid and international development. At a blockchain event I attended at Bond, one presenter went so far as to pose the question: Does blockchain mean the end of civil society itself? Firstly, no, [...]

6 December
2017

IDC hearing of ICAI reviews of the Global Challenges Research Fund and of the Prosperity Fund

By |News from Agulhas|

The International Development Committee (IDC) heard from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) and the Department for International Development (DFID) on two recently published ICAI reviews: the review of the Global Challenges Research Fund and the review of the Prosperity Fund. Dr Alison Evans, ICAI Chief commissioner, and Tina Fahm, lead commissioner, were supported [...]

27 November
2017

Vodafone Foundation’s 25 years of giving report – measuring scale & impact

By |client stories|

Agulhas worked with KPMG to help Vodafone Foundation to look at the impact and and tell the story of its journey during the last 25 years of activity. Vodafone Foundation’s approach to giving has evolved over the last 25 years: from investing in the communities in which it operates to leveraging Vodafone’s technologies and networks [...]

14 November
2017

A tale of two countries: How Scotland acts while England measures climate change impact – Catherine Cameron

By |News comment and analysis|

In the week of the Bonn climate talks, where the US has effectively ceded leadership to China, it is interesting to look at the divergence in approach emerging closer to home. At a meeting of the Westminster Energy, Environment and transport Forum on 10th October, a series of speakers discussed climate change and the priorities for [...]

18 October
2017

IDC session on the ICAI reviews of UK aid response to irregular migration and of UK aid response to reducing conflict and fragility in Somalia

By |client stories|

The International Development Committee (IDC) heard from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on two recently published ICAI reviews: the review of UK aid's response to migration in the central Mediterranean and at the UK aid's response to reducing conflict and fragility [...]

13 September
2017

What impact investing could learn from the development aid world – Tom Berliner

By |News comment and analysis|

Impact investing is all the rage. The Gates and Zuckerberg clans are enthusiasts. Even the Pope is into it. The idea behind impact investment, that you can ‘do well by doing good’, is taking hold of the philanthropic and financial worlds. It offers the attractive suggestion that the best way to support social impact causes [...]

21 July
2017

Agulhas’ Senior Fellow wins the Outstanding Teaching Award at University of Birmingham

By |News from Agulhas|

Agulhas' Fellow Willem van Eekelen won the 2017 Outstanding Teaching Award of the University of Birmingham’s College of Social Sciences, which includes about 500 teaching staff. Willem is a Senior Fellow at Agulhas and a Teaching Fellow at the International Development Department of the University of Birmingham. He teaches modules on Poverty and Inequality, Rural [...]

28 June
2017

Inclusive Growth

By |News from Agulhas|

Today ICAI published a learning review on DFID's aims to improve economic development and create jobs in Africa. ICAI found the department has pursued a well-considered approach to building up its knowledge and expertise in the area of inclusive growth, doubling its global investment in economic development – from £934 million in 2011-12 to £1.8 billion [...]

23 June
2017

UK aid in a conflict-affected country: Reducing conflict and fragility in Somalia

By |News from Agulhas|

Today ICAI published a performance review on UK aid delivery in Somalia. It found the UK aid is making a positive contribution to state-building and stability in Somalia, despite facing extremely challenging circumstances. The aid, which amounted to £185m in 2016/17, delivered significant achievements in Somalia. However, the UK could improve its performance in several important [...]

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