Evaluation of the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices and the British Councils use of aid in response to the Arab Spring

Following the wave of democratisation movements that swept the Middle East and North Africa from late 2010, the UK Government established the Arab Partnership, with £110 million in programme funds over four years.

Agulhas led examination of the Arab Partnership and other FCO and British Council aid in the region and assessed how well the two organisations have responded to a major new challenge. The study reviewed the APPF portfolio and conducted in-depth investigations in Tunisia and Egypt.

Areas of Expertise

Aid policy

  • Aid effectiveness
  • Performance management and accountability


  • Institutional change and capacity building
  • Political systems and democratic process
  •  Security and justice
  • Civil society

Conflict and fragility

  • Conflict assessment and reduction
  • State and institution building
  • Human rights protection

Media Coverage: The Guardian