from the Cabo das Agulhas [ˈkaβu ðɐz ɐˈɣuʎɐʃ], “Cape of the Needles”; It gives its name to the Agulhas Current, a key driver of the global climate.
From our beginnings in 2003, Agulhas Applied Knowledge has become a leading provider of evaluation, learning, and knowledge to improve strategy. From our canal side headquarters in central London, we work across the world in support of international cooperation on global challenges. Agulhas is an Employee-Owned Trust. We are owned and run by those who know Agulhas and our values best – our people. Our team is diverse and close-knit, all driven by common values that seek to build a better, more sustainable future. Our success is based on our agility, our focus on what matters and our simple commitment to excellence.
Click through our history below to see how we’ve evolved
2008 - 2003
Evaluation of DFID’s response to Paris Declaration
Core support to Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change
Bosnia Governance Assessment
UK Climate Change Act
Stern Review on Economics of Climate Change makes the economic case for action
Paris Aid Effectiveness Agenda resets global approach to aid
2013 - 2009
M&E supplier for the African governance Initiative
ICAI Service Provider
Strategic evaluation of Australian law and justice assistance
First AfDB Africa Development Effectiveness Review
Independent monitoring team for aid effectiveness in Vietnam
Syrian refugee crisis begins
2017 - 2014
Evaluation of Disasters Emergency Committee Yemen response
Evaluation of Australia’s economic partnerships with middle-income countries in Asia
Agulhas moves to new HQ
ICAI Lead Service Provider ICAI 2
AfDB High-Level Panel on Aid Effectiveness in Africa
ICAI review of ‘How DFID learns’.
Grand Bargain announced at World Humanitarian Summit
Political focus on migration crisis
Sustainable Development Goals agreed
UK 0.7% GNI ODA target Act
Doing Development Differently Manifesto
2020 – 2018
MOPAN service provider
CRUNCH Hub established
ICAI Lead Service Provider ICAI 3
Climate Hub Established
Agulhas appointed Independent Monitor of the Jordan Compact
FCO and DFID merged into FCDO
Covid-19 global pandemic
XR campaign on climate crisis
Net Zero target enshrined in UK law
Agulhas becomes an Employee-Owned Trust
Covid-19 global pandemic
We will continue to work to harness knowledge and learning for sustainable development.
We will strive to deliver the best quality work we can in the areas where we can use our skills to make the greatest impact. We will continually look for ways to do better: individually; together; and with clients, contractors and communities.
We will share ideas and good practice. We will raise concerns quickly and deal with them fairly.
We will conduct ourselves in a way of which we can be proud. We will be honest with each other, our clients and ourselves. We will provide challenge where it is needed and praise where it is due.
We will treat each other and our clients, communities and supply chain with respect. We will take the time to listen to others, look for the best in people and strive to empower others to be their best.
At Agulhas, we bring a unique perspective to our work. We offer a deep understanding of ideas and evidence and are able to distil the key elements needed to guide practical action. We are value driven, working for a more sustainable world. Our outlook is strategic: we have extensive experience working on policy and strategy to inspire positive change.
At the core of what we do is an understanding of how knowledge is transmitted into practice. We present our analysis and advice in ways that are meaningful to policy makers and decision makers. We focus on the elements that matter most to our clients. We know that to be influential, knowledge must be supported by processes that facilitate learning and application, and lead to change. All of our work sits on a foundation of honesty, rigour and commitment to building a sustainable and safe world.
Agulhas takes its responsibilities seriously, as recognised by the UK government when we achieved the highest initial rating of any supplier (96%) for adherence to its code of conduct. We are accredited members of the Living Wage Foundation and signatories to the Prompt Payment Code. Agulhas walk the talk on sustainability, using clean energy and recycled products as standard. With a small green office and a long history of remote working, we minimise our impact. When we have to fly we offset our carbon emissions through Pure Leapfrog, a charity that enables communities to take power over their clean energy future, supporting SDGs 7 (clean energy) and 13 (climate action). We are signatories to the UN Global Compact.
Where we work
With headquarters in canal side East London, Agulhas has a network of experts across the globe working on the most challenging issues in international development and sustainability. Find out more about where we work.