Overview - Supporting State Building through Research and M&E


Altai Consulting’s Public Policy team delivers sound evidence-based research and technical assistance to aid and development actors and governments in the most fragile states of Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Through our long-term commitment in a small number of countries, we aim to support key pillars of the state building process:

Governance, at the national and subnational level

Public service delivery, with a strong focus on health, education, justice and security

Economic growth, through the development of a sustainable private sector

Civil society and independent media

Main countries of focus

Altai Public Policy has a full time presence in Afghanistan, Libya, South Sudan and Somalia, as well as regional hubs in Nairobi, Tunis and the UAE. In each of our countries of operation we develop strong local research networks to ensure a full coverage of urban and rural areas, as well as cross-border research teams to support regional stability. 

Main clients

The World Bank, DFID and the British FCO, USAID / OTI, AFD, GIZ, the European Commission, UNHCR, IOM, UNDP, UNICEF, UNOPS, the Aga Khan Development Network, ILO, Mercy Corps, AKF, Save the Children and a large number of international NGOs

Global Capacity

Altai Public Policy team includes a permanent team of 30 international and 100 national staff based in our countries of focus, as well as a part-time network of over 40 international experts and 500 local interviewers, researchers and data entry officers mobilized on mission.

Technical expertise:

Research, monitoring & evaluation, and knowledge transfer to local counterparts

Our research supports the design of large development programs and informs policies at the donor level. Our tools include socio-anthropological research, political economy analysis, value chains analysis, needs assessments, sector and program mapping, big data analysis and visualization tools.

Our Monitoring and Evaluation support is built into short and long term development programs. We design M&E frameworks in line with large donors’ standards, and build real-time learning tools to improve programs all along their life cycle. We adapt traditional M&E tools to the specific context of fragile states, and integrate innovative approaches to turn M&E into an agile and adaptive tool and combine it with the best practices of knowledge management and data visualization.

Our capacity building projects aim at building research and monitoring capacity of local counterparts, to integrate these tools into country development plans and strategies in a sustainable way. We create ad-hoc curricula and long term knowledge transfer plans for the research, statistics and M&E teams of local ministries and agencies, as well as local NGOs and independent research teams.