About us

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We are an international development consultancy working to improve the wellbeing and opportunities of poor and vulnerable people, by supporting sustainable economic and social development.

For more than 30 years we have provided consultancy and research for clients globally. Our technical services include evaluations and reviews and research, training, programme design, policy analysis and advice, in the areas of aid effectiveness, public policy and management, and land, livelihoods and natural resources. Our experience cuts across sectors, issues and disciplines; we believe strongly in the value of cross-learning that is facilitated by this multi-disciplinary approach.

Mokoro was established in 1982 by a group of people who had worked together as ODI Fellows in Botswana and who shared a commitment to sustainable international development and poverty reduction. We have undertaken more than 650 assignments in 75 countries worldwide – for governments, multilateral and bilateral aid agencies, and NGOs.

Our excellence comes from our people. In addition to our core group of Principal Consultants, we have close relationships with a network of international and nationally-based Associates. This enables us to bring deep understanding of the contexts in which we work, and sensitivity to the particular circumstances of stakeholders at national and sub-national levels.

Our shared focus on poverty reduction underpins our strong ethical stance: we choose research and consultancy assignments that we believe will make real contributions to positive change.

Mokoro is a not-for-profit organisation, a company limited by guarantee under UK law. We are governed and run by our members and staff. We foster a high level of self-management and autonomy, based on mutual respect and a shared commitment to Mokoro’s vision and mission. All members, staff and consultants are encouraged to contribute to Mokoro’s corporate development.

Where we work

We carry out consultancy and research globally, and have in-depth and long-term experience in many countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Pacific and Caribbean, and Central and South America.

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Our clients

Mokoro works with a range of clients from around the world. These include international donors, development agencies, international financing institutions, country governments, international NGOs, private sector organisations, research institutions and universities. Some of our major clients include:

Development agencies/bilateral donors

  • Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
  • Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC)
  • Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Danida)
  • European Commission (EC)
  • German Technical Cooperation (GTZ/ GiZ)
  • Irish Aid
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
  • Netherlands, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida)
  • UK Department for International Development (DFID)
  • UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

Multilateral organisations

  • African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Asian Development Bank (AsDB)
  • Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Organisation of African Unity (OAU)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Public Expenditure and Finance Accountability (PEFA) Secretariat
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • World Bank
  • World Food Programme (WFP)

Government

  • Government of Armenia, Ministry of Finance
  • Government of Botswana, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning
  • Government of Cambodia, Ministry of Finance
  • Government of Ethiopia, Ministry of Education
  • Government of Kyrgyzstan, Ministry of Finance
  • Government of Madagascar, Ministry of Finance
  • Government of Namibia, Ministry of Education
  • Government of Rwanda, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Ministry of Land

Foundations, NGOS and others

  • Aga Khan Foundation
  • Austrian Foundation for Development Research
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • CARE
  • Collaborative African Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI)
  • Emergency Nutrition Network
  • European Parliament
  • FARM Africa
  • International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
  • Motivation
  • Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
  • Oxfam GB and Novib
  • Prolinnova
  • Tearfund

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How we work

We see our principal role as in assisting in the process of change. We are committed to supporting participation in research and policy-making, and to ensuring close engagement by those who will be affected by the development interventions and decisions arising from our work.

We work with government and civil society at all levels, providing short-term, high-level advice and support as well as repeat-input technical assistance and long-term, in-depth, qualitative and quantitative research. We are sensitive to the links between political, economic and social issues, and between nation, community, family and the individual. Our extensive experience of working in partnership with national governments and other clients and beneficiaries enables us to: provide assistance which is practical rather than theoretical; incorporate the different social, economic and environmental concerns in planning and design; facilitate consideration of sustainable options based on realistic projections; and develop approaches and procedures which build upon, rather than displace, existing systems.

We, and our clients, value our commitment to high standards in all that we do, maintained through our quality support approach which ensures that we have designated quality support personnel to advise on every assignment we undertake.

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