OPM publishes first annual review
Development consultancy celebrates 35 years of work reducing poverty and improving livelihoods.
We are delighted to announce the release of our first annual review. Marking our 35th anniversary at the forefront of international policymaking, the OPM 2014 Annual Review, charts our path as a leading international development consultancy - from our origins as the University of Oxford’s Food Studies Group to our current network of offices spanning three continents.
Our inaugural review takes stock of where we’ve come from and outlines the vision for our future. It highlights the scale of impact of some of our pioneering project work – from developing a social budget for Namibia to implementing a suite of governance reform programmes in Pakistan. The last year has seen a shift in our project work towards the management of large multi-country programmes – including DFID’s Climate Proofing Growth and Development Programme in South Asia – which draw on, and consolidate, our multi-sectoral expertise across fields as wide-ranging as public financial management, climate change and financial and private sector development.
OPM Chairman, Philippe Naert, said: ‘In the last 35 years we’ve played an important role at the forefront of the development sector, applying cutting-edge research to deliver sustainable solutions to some of the most challenging policy issues across the world. 2014 was a year of growth and consolidation as we continue to shape international debates and combine analytical rigour with practical experience to support effective, impactful policymaking.’
Over the last year, OPM has increased to over 200 employees and opened new country offices in Tanzania and Nigeria – taking the count of international offices up to nine. We won major new research programmes looking at the contribution of institutions to growth and development and the potential for improving educational systems across the globe.
OPM Managing Director, Simon Hunt, said: ‘Last year was an important year for us – we’ve continued to grow at a sustained rate, strengthening our capacity to support policymaking across a range of scales – something that will become increasingly relevant as global leaders continue to define the post-2015 development agenda.’
Read the annual review here