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Consultancy Services

DEV has an international reputation for its research in a range of sectors. Faculty research contributes significantly to academic debate and discussion, publication in peer reviewed and other academic journals, and designing and implementing cutting edge research. It also informs applied work, very often providing evidence for programme design, implementation and management, both at a local level, and also at an organisational, policy and strategic level. Researchers and external associates draw on their expertise of working in a range of developing countries to inform their approach and practice in international consultancy work. They are able to interact with people at a local level, and in positions of seniority; they draw on global expertise to apply lessons learnt to differing contexts; and they are driven by a deep understanding of current development issues, and the importance of addressing inequality and poverty.

DEV has strong links with donors such as, for example, DFID, World Bank, and UN organisations. We actively network with NGOs, other charitable companies, and private companies, to share skills and expertise where relevant, and can provide short term, targeted inputs to programmes throughout the project cycle.  DEV is a core partner on five DFID frameworks: The Climate Environment, Livelihoods and Infrastructure (CEIL) Professional Evidence and Knowledge Services (PEAKS); this information hub is providing a range of resources – including technical expertise, learning resources, and evidence-based publications – to DFID advisers and the wider development community. We are also active partners on the Global Evaluation Frameworks Agreement; the Forest Governance, Markets and Climate Services Framework; Social Development in Conflict Affected Environments framework; and Wealth Creation framework, Lot B - Rural Economic Development, Livelihoods, and Natural Resources Management.

Recent Consultancies

Climate Environment Infrastructure and Livelihoods (CEIL) Professional Evidence and Knowledge Services (PEAKS): Topic Guide on Agriculture and Growth

Topic Guides are outputs of the DFID CEIL PEAKS programme, designed to contribute to a range of learning resources to support the professional competence of DFID advisors.  Academically rigorous, the Guides draw on case studies to inform key issues and policy debates.  Professor Frank Ellis compiled the first CEIL PEAKS Topic Guide on Agriculture and Growth. This Guide focuses on key issues such as chronic food insecurity in Africa; climate change and long term agricultural outcomes; and non-farm pathways and rural urban transitions. Issues such as gender and agricultural growth, and promoting growth in post-conflict states are also discussed.

Organisation of three sets of Executive Training on Climate Change Training, African Development Bank (AfDB)

International Development UEA associates Dr Nick Brooks, Dr Katharine Vincent, Dr Rob Byrne, and Dr David Ockwell, and DEV faculty member Dr Heike Schroeder, designed and carried out three sets of training for AfDB. The aim was to provide senior managers with an increased understanding of climate change issues and risks, improve capacity for mainstreaming climate change into the Bank's work, and provide tools for analysing climate change impacts and vulnerability and enhancing resilience and adaptive capacity in key sectors. The three workshops focused on climate change and energy; climate change, agriculture and natural resources; and climate change, transport and infrastructure. They took place over the course of a year and outputs included booklets detailing the course content, as well as a range of course literature.

Meta-analysis of Research and Theory in the Intersection between Safe Learning Environments and Learning Achievement

DEV Associate Dr Geraldine Terry carried out the above research for Research Triangle International (RTI), US.  The objective was to draw on US, European and developing country sources to put together a meta-analysis of research studies in the area of safe learning environments, and the intersection of this with learning outcomes.  A key aim was to provide thought leadership to USAID in this area.

Socio-economic Rapid Assessment, Mining Sector, Zambia

Dr Emma Gilberthorpe, Lecturer in International Development in DEV, led research on a socio-economic survey at the site of an emerald mine in Zambia's Copperbelt province. This work provided a baseline of the socio-economic status of local communities with a view to identifying key issues in relation to the establishment of a biodiversity conservation project at the site of the mine. Objectives included identifying target area communities, cultures and sample sites, and investigating local use of natural resources on the site. Ethnographic and quantitative methodologies were used, with support from ex DEV PhD student Dr Dorice Agol, and DEV research student Mr Thomas Gegg.

Gender Handbook and Toolkit for WorldFish Gender Working Group of the CGIAR Research Programme (CRP) Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) Programme Leadership Team.

Janet Robinson, DEV Associate, worked with the Gender Working Group of the CGIAR Research Programme to produce a user-friendly handbook and toolkit to support the collection of relevant gender based information to inform discussion with stakeholders on designing gender related programme interventions. The handbook included guidance on designing data collection processes; sample selection and sizes; research methodologies; and reporting.

Building Evaluation Capacity, Uganda - Training of Trainers initiative, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmBH

This GIZ programme, supporting the Government of Uganda's Evaluation Capacity Department, is designed to strengthen the capacity of ministry and civil society organisations in Uganda to mainstream monitoring and evaluation for policy making. The overall aim is to build a core group of M&E trainers who will take responsibility for rolling out a training programme amongst a larger target group. Dr Maren Duvendack and Professor Richard Palmer-Jones were responsible for training covering quantitative data collection analysis and impact evaluation.  Dr Laura Camfield provided training on qualitative data collection and analysis. All trainers prepared course materials, including hand-outs, case studies and further reading.