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international development

The difference we make

As a firm of technologists and scientists as well as consultants we can work with you to help lift individuals, families and countries out of poverty. We bring insights from a range of sectors – healthcare, education, economic development, technology and consumer products – to bring better results, when budgets are getting tighter and expectations are getting higher.


PA opinion

  • United Nations Global Compact Working with the United Nations Global Compact on Sustainable Development Goals - a $12 trillion opportunity 30/06/2017
  • Working with the United Nations to reveal disruptive technologies that will drive progressTechnology innovation has been one of the great drivers of progress for humanity. From access to clean water and sustainable methods of production, to reducing poverty and ensuring health and well-being for all, we've looked to technology to help us solve these challenges. 11/07/2017
  • Using a blockchain infrastructure to distribute foreign aidToday, a common distribution method of aid is via vouchers, which is an imperfect method for several reasons. It can be seen as condescending to not trust a group of people fighting for survival with money. Additionally, vouchers can require costly set up and, in the wrong hands, can also create a black market. 07/06/2017
  • Why the Circular Economy can improve the lives of the world's poorest Since the industrial revolution, the world has operated in a linear economy. As with many broken systems, it's the poorest that are hit hardest. The Circular Economy model provides a genuine alternative. 31/05/2017
  • The changing landscape of international developmentWhat do a bunch of scientists, engineers, service designers, innovation experts and policy makers have in common? A few things actually. We're fortunate that many of them work at PA, that they all love a challenge and they have a commitment to, and passion for, international development. So what are the shifting aspects we're seeing when it comes to the international development landscape? 20/03/2017
  • Achieving cost-out maturityLearn how leading organisations cross-industry take costs out of their businesses to drive substantial savings 03/05/2016

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What we can do for you

Our experience has taken us across the world and across the development lifecycle - from increasing trade in Lebanon to helping the UN introduce biometric systems for refugees. And our specialists have a wide range of experience. Our main areas of expertise include:

  • Economic development – we can create jobs by helping you support new start-ups, accelerate the growth of businesses and sectors and attract foreign direct investment. And we do that in a way that builds sustainability.
  • Innovation, technology and digital – we can bring our expertise from multiple sectors and geographies to help you exploit agile and adaptive techniques, introduce new technologies and create innovative business models.
  • Performance improvement - we can help you simplify what you do, be smarter with digital, transform your procurement practices or unleash the full benefits of public-private partnerships. We’re working across a wide range of public and third sector organisations to help improve results within tight fiscal constraints.

Client stories

Client story

How we’ll work with you

With around 2,600 experts based in 13 countries we can connect you with the right expertise for your specific challenge. And we’ll always work closely with you. That’s the best way to make sure that together we deliver programmes that are innovative, cost-effective and make a tangible, measurable difference.  


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