Public Sector
Social Sector
Corporate Responsibility

Service Areas

Strategy and Planning
Program Development and Implementation
Organizational Effectiveness
Performance Management and Evaluation
Partnership Services
Business Process Outsourcing


Education and National Skills Systems
Cultural Development
Corporate Responsibility

Our Thinking

How Skills Surveys Can More Effectively Identify Workforce Skills Gaps
Through a multicountry review of skills surveys, we propose an alternative approach to establishment skills surveys that can play a more effective role in determining how workforce skills influence achievement of firm business objectives in the Arab World.
Using Social Networking for Change
We see IT as an important enabler for regional development, and we have worked with global technology leaders such as Intel and Microsoft to deepen the impact of regional development programs leveraging technology.
A Regional Institution for Improving the Quality of Education
There are many opportunities for synergies through cooperation between regional education quality programs as well as clear areas of overlap which can benefit from consolidation.
Using Awards Effectively for Social Change
Many award programs in the region focus on large monetary sums to award best practices. We argue that money is not enough, and award programs should reinforce social change through knowledge diffusion, network building initiatives, and follow on training to maximize social impact.
Increasing Female Labor Market Participation With Scholarships
In several countries in the Arab World, women face significant obstacles to obtaining higher education and entering the workforce. We propose an e-Scholarships for Women Initiative to mitigate access, equality, and labor participation challenges.

Our Contribution to the Debate

Value for Money in Arab Educational Reform
Walid Aradi, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai, UAE

Looking Beyond Standard Solutions

Though there is a continued long-term trend toward increased budgets for education in the region, meeting the combined demands of increased access, assuring relevance, and improving quality in the face of finite resources is complex. A common challenge we see in the reform process is the lack of performance monitoring and evaluation systems to ensure alignment of the education and training system with national development strategies and visions. The result is a missing link between national visions, economic development strategies, institutional priority setting and budget allocation for the education system.

Redefining the Policy Agenda

To contribute towards the adoption of good practice, we explore the case of Qatar as an example. We developed a performance management framework for K-12 education system reform that aligns ministry and sector strategies with the development goals established by the Qatar National Development Strategy 2011-2016 and the Qatar National Vision 2030. By defining specific policy areas for education reform, a performance management framework was devised to track delivery upon goals set out in the National Development Strategy at two levels to ensure that empirically supported socio-cultural and economic benefits attributable to education and training are achieved: Policy and process-based key performance indicators measure system performance relative to the achievement of the overarching policy aims of quality, equity, and portability; Output KPIs measure the effectiveness of the education and training system in terms of achieving academic, social, and economic outcomes which are precursors to the future development of Qatar.