In an increasingly global world helping to reduce poverty and improving lives is everyone’s concern.

Delivering complex projects in regions faced with these challenges requires very particular expertise. Projects need to be mobilised quickly and managed flexibly and efficiently, and local stakeholders must be part of the entire process.

Our sustainable solutions

Our clients in the public and private sector call on Coffey to help find sustainable solutions to international development challenges. Whether we’re helping Colombia, Indonesia or Pakistan improve the delivery of basic services or undertaking one of the largest evaluations ever on behalf of government clients, our team has the expertise to achieve value for our clients and in-country recipients.

We bring extensive experience and understanding of what has worked to each and every project. As a result, we are able to work effectively in even the most challenging security and political environments.

Our team works closely with international and local organisations to deliver projects. We are trusted partners to our clients, including the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

We help build the capacity of local organisations so they can tackle social, economic and political challenges. Ultimately, we leave behind usable tools and methodologies to support the communities in which we have worked.

Our commitment to effective international development

We bring a robust monitoring and evaluation approach to our programs to ensure the best development outcomes. With our support, projects and local organisations are equipped with practical tools to monitor the progress of their work and make changes when required so they can achieve results.

And we measure development effectiveness. We’ve conducted more than 600 evaluations for clients such as the European Commission, DFID, the US Department of State and USAID. The evaluations help donors learn lessons they can apply to future policies and programs, while evidence of what works and what doesn’t can be shared more broadly, so that the best ideas and practices are emulated.


  • Project Design

    We are proven leaders in program design and management. Our technical experts work hand in hand with our project managers to design effective, innovative projects that achieve your objectives. We use a rigorous evidence-based approach to deliver smart project design that supports value-for-money and project success.

    Understanding project performance is essential to recognising success and responding to changing needs. We also develop and deliver monitoring services to track your project’s performance.

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  • Project Management

    Effective project management is the core of what we do. For more than 40 years we’ve been trusted by clients from both the public and private sector to deliver quality results, on time and on budget. We’ve mobilised and implemented large and complex projects across the world, including in some of the most difficult places to operate – from Pakistan’s border region to Somalia’s fragile government institutions and Papua New Guinea’s highlands.

    All projects are managed consistently to improve efficiencies and reduce potential risks, regardless of technical area, country or client. Our quality assurance process covers all areas necessary for successful project delivery, from human resources and financial management through to infrastructure and reporting. And safety is core to everything we do.
    Centralised corporate functions – finance, recruitment, health and safety, operations and communications - ensure efficiency, minimise costs and maintain a high level of quality. Our centrally supported, industry-leading project managers are committed to excellence in project delivery.

    Additionally, our in-house evaluation team assesses all large projects at the beginning, middle and end of the projects, so that we can make adjustments to projects as necessary and maximise results.

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  • Development effectiveness tools and techniques

    Understanding your performance supports good decision making for the future. Our strategic planning services include information systems, research, monitoring and evaluation to help you assess performance.

    Our experts develop program objectives and performance indicators and conduct program-level and cross-cutting evaluations. We have completed more than 500 evaluations of development programs worldwide, including formative, summative and impact or longitudinal evaluations.

    Our robust monitoring and evaluation systems enable you to adjust your course of action based on evidence of what is and what isn’t working to improve performance.

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  • Fund and grant management

    We are at the forefront of the design, implementation, management and monitoring of competitive grant mechanisms aimed at poverty reduction and better governance.

    We support grantees from the application phase through to project implementation. We work with them to develop sustainable organisational models and promote learning between grantees. We’ve worked with grantees ranging from businesses and business associations to civil society organisations and the media.

    We were the first to implement challenge fund modality through DFID’s Financial Deepening Challenge Fund. Since then, we’ve managed many challenge funds on behalf of multilateral and bilateral donors, private foundations and the private sector.  

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  • Organisational development and training

    The right approach to staff development, human resource management and change management supports effective and sustainable organisations.

    Our diagnostic and planning tool, the Institutional Development Framework helps organisations improve performance using a systematic and objective approach.

    Our project design and management, performance monitoring and results-based management training also supports organisational success.

    We integrate needs-based training design, participative assessment and planning and adult learning pedagogies to support sustainability.

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  • Scaling up

    When your project’s a success, you want to make sure it reaches as many people as possible. Our America’s operation MSI are leading the way on scaling up innovative projects to deliver greater benefits in the developing world.

     The Scaling Up Management Framework details 10 pathways or strategies for scaling-up successfully. Our Scaling-Up Framework and Toolkit helps you design, manage and monitor the scaling process and is adaptable to many sectors. The framework meets the needs of individual projects according to where you are in the scaling continuum, covering critical questions and issues that must be addressed to develop a viable scaling strategy.

    Our workshops and events on scaling-up management are available to donors, national governments, universities, aid agencies, foundations and NGOs. We also continue to provide hands-on support to scale-up pilot projects.

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  • Strategic communications

    An effective communications strategy ensures your message reaches the right audience and supports the achievement of your goals.

    We engage with communities to understand their views and strengthen their voice on the decisions that affect them. We also help communicate research findings to key stakeholders in a clear and targeted way.

    Our communications strategies consider literacy rates, internet penetration, television viewership and other cultural considerations. We help our partners craft key messages and identify target audiences; then determine the best tactics to reach them, including traditional outreach, video, radio and social media, workshops and stakeholder relations. Our approach helps to tell the story of change.

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Our practice areas

  • Agriculture and food security

    Agriculture and food security

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    • applying more than 40 years’ experience in global agriculture and food security
    • supporting nutritious, sustainable food sources
    • working to strengthen agriculture-related policies and institutions
    • supporting village agribusiness to international trade opportunities
    • facilitating access to higher education in agricultural best practice
    • training in management, leadership and technical skills to emerging food security leaders
    • monitoring and evaluating the impact of food security programs

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  • Economic growth, trade and livelihoods

    Economic growth, trade and livelihoods

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    • using technology to improve access to financial services, capital and market information
    • working to increase economic opportunities for women, the poor and marginalised
    • designing and implementing grant funds to support innovative business ideas which have the potential of creating jobs, increasing incomes, fostering business growth and trade markets
    • providing assistance in:

    - financial sector development
    - economic policy reform and regulation
    - entrepreneurship development
    - monitoring and evaluating the impact of economic

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  • Education

    Education

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    • working with governments to design and implement educational policy and improve education administration
    • improving learning, helping more children go to school, and helping girls stay in school
    • researching the best ways to improve access to, and the quality of, education, especially for girls
    • providing long- and short-term professional development opportunities through scholarship programs
    • helping to bring successful education pilot programs to scale
    • monitoring and evaluating the impact of education programs

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  • Health

    Health

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    • building health sector capacity for sustainable change
    • supporting governments to strengthen health systems through the management of health financing and health workforce planning
    • strengthening the quality of and access to primary health care services by providing training to midwives and health workers
    • providing health governance and anti-corruption frameworks for health policy makers
    • supporting governments to effectively manage national, local and donor health resources
    • implementing social change programs to lead to improved health outcomes
    • helping to scale up successful pilot health care programs
    • monitoring and evaluating the impact of health programs

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  • Gender and social inclusion

    Gender and social inclusion

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    • integrating gender analysis and empowerment in democracy and governance, basic education, global health, economic growth and results-based management
    • improving women’s and marginalised groups’ access to justice and economic opportunities, as well as overall participation in dialogue around issues affecting them
    • reducing violence against women by supporting changes to policies, practices and attitudes of government and the public
    • working with youth to provide opportunities for dialogue on critical issues, including education and governance
    • improving health access and quality of health services for women, children and those with disabilities
    • working to improve service delivery to marginalised communities, whether the marginalisation is based on economics, religion, gender, ethnicity or disability
    • monitoring and evaluating the impact of gender and social inclusion programs

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  • Research, monitoring and evaluation

    Research, monitoring and evaluation

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    • helping to improve the performance of government agencies, organisations and projects through our innovative tools and experience in strategic management and performance improvement with a focus on results-based management and decision making
    • undertaking rigorous and thorough evaluation work combining qualitative and quantitative approaches, including formative, summative and impact or longitudinal evaluations
    • working in partnership with donors, governments, foundations, universities, non-government organisations and businesses to help them understand the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of their work
    • carrying out value for money assessments
    • producing evidence to identify lessons for future projects and policies

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  • Governance and anti-corruption

    Governance and anti-corruption

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    • undertaking extensive analytical work, from democracy assessments and strategies, to surveys and training in conflict resolution, rule of law, gender mainstreaming and anti-corruption 
    • working with various levels of government to establish effective, efficient public service delivery
    • helping governments and parliaments to become more accountable, more responsive to people’s needs, and more transparent in their use of public funds
    • supporting governance structures that foster stability and help prevent or end violent conflict
    • assisting governments to improve management, public administration and performance of ministries and executive agencies, making improvements in systems, skills, organisational structures and incentives
    • equipping local leaders with the skills necessary to manage strong, well-run institutions
    • working with civil society and the media to engage in dialogue on governance issues and advocate for change
    • designing and implementing complex anti-corruption programs, including those that strengthen independent anti-corruption bodies and help citizens to fight corruption
    • monitoring and evaluating the impact of governance and anti-corruption programs

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  • Civil society support

    Civil society support

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    • mentoring, coaching and training civil society organisations to make them stronger, more effective and sustainable
    • enhancing the work of civil society organisations through the distribution of grant funds
    • working with civil society to foster public policy debate, improve government accountability and promote government responsiveness to citizens’ needs
    • promoting learning between civil society organisations by building networks
    • monitoring and evaluating the mechanisms used by donors to support civil society

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  • Security, law and justice

    Security, law and justice

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    • supporting integrated security, law and justice reforms by working with local, regional and national government institutions
    • building community approaches to reduce and prevent crime
    • providing specialist support for security and justice sector development, including oversight, analysis, policy development, institutional strengthening, and promotion of citizen and civil society engagement
    • increasing the credibility of security and justice agencies by ensuring these agencies are effectively governed, accountable and responsive to people’s day-to-day needs
    • improving a police force’s ability to investigate crimes, leading to better law enforcement and fairer justice
    • improving women’s ability to lodge complaints with the police
    • helping to reform criminal justice systems by training judges and lawyers on best practices, developing legal aid networks, and raising people’s awareness of their legal rights
    • bringing particular expertise to the unique issues arising in conflict and post-conflict settings
    • supporting legal drafting and advocacy for justice reforms, court administration improvements, investigation and prosecution enhancements, and judicial ethics/codes of conduct
    • monitoring and evaluating the impact of security, law and justice programs

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