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A year in review: 2018-2019

As we celebrate OPM at 40, here are highlights from the past year.

As we look back over the past twelve months, we want to share some of the impact and successes of governments of low- and middle-income countries around the world, as they seek to achieve growth and reduce poverty and disadvantage through public policy reform. Each of our projects detailed in the In Review has ultimately aimed to support interventions that help the most vulnerable communities - whichever part of the policy cycle we are involved in.

Our In Review is organised along the policy cycle - from research to monitoring and evaluation - highlighting work we've done in each area in the past year. You can download a copy from the link below - and, on this page, we've shared some blog posts and more detailed project descriptions relating to different sections of the In Review.

OPM is also celebrating its 40th year in 2019, and the opening sections of the In Review look at how OPM, and the development sector more broadly, have evolved and changed over those four decades. All contact information is at the end of the In Review - please do get in touch if you'd like to discuss any of our projects or any future work.  

Download the In Review

Highlights from 2018

Throughout our 40-year history, it has been our belief that meaningful partnerships with policymakers lead to the best possible impact for reducing poverty and disatvantage. 

Our Oxford Policy Fellowship, launched in 2015, places early-career law and policy professionals within government ministries in low- and middle-income countries. In 2018, the second cohort of Fellows finished their two-year postings in governments across Africa and Asia in late 2018. In video below they reflect on their experience, their advice for new Fellows, and what made the Fellowship a unique opportunity: 

Working across the policy cycle

Throughout our 40 years, we have worked across the policy cycle, from research to monitoring and evaluation. Combining this approach with working in partnership with governments and national decision makers is crucial for achieving impactful public policy. 


All development work must start with rigorously researched evidence, ensuring the right questions are asked to determine the best approach. Many of our programmes over the last four decades, particularly some large research programmes like RISE and EDI, have made a contribution to significant impact and are helping governments in low- and middle-income countries drive larger social initiatives. 

Policy development

There is never a one-size-fits-all policy, and every ministry in each country makes its policy decisions based on a specific context. The process of policy development is a vital step in making sure that the most valuable development activities are identified and tailored to political, economic, and social context of a given country. 

Capacity building

Strengthened government capacity for research, design, delivery, and evaluation is critical for sustaining growth and poverty reduction. Vanessa Fullerton, a public sector governance consultant, explores why it is important to build government capacity from within and how to best approach this

Monitoring and evaluation

An integral part of collaboration is monitoring and evaluation of development programmes – ensuring that implemented projects are focused on impact, and establishing best practice for future development programming. Ensuring programes are sustainable for the outset is a priority for OPM, and we strive to make all our programmes adaptive and responsive. Our work in Mozambique supporting female economic empowerment through MUVA programme uses this approach to learn from and build on its previous iterations.