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University KTP to help in the fight against global poverty

Triple Line LogoThe University of Bath has been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Triple Line Consulting, a company which works with public and private sector agencies to reduce global poverty and promote environmentally sustainable development.

One of Triple Line’s core services is the design, management and evaluation of Challenge Funds, which are cost-sharing grant schemes set up to allocate and disburse public funds efficiently and fairly. Triple Line has managed these grant funding schemes in a number of sectors including governance, poverty reduction and private sector development.

Professor James Copestake and Dr Joe Devine, both of Social and Policy Sciences, will be leading the KTP to strengthen Triple Line’s data management systems, skills and analytical capability in the monitoring, impact measurement and evaluation of the challenge funds.

Dr Devine says: “The UK is known as a centre of expertise in the field of international development. The Government’s principled but controversial commitment to ring-fencing the aid budget of £11 billion has been linked to renewed efforts to ensure money is well spent and development programmes are delivered effectively. Innovative companies such as Triple Line are playing an increasingly important role in meeting this challenge, and the KTP will enable us to support them develop their expertise even further.”

The KTP will both improve Triple Line’s capabilities in the evaluation of Challenge Funds, help it to respond to the UK government drive towards greater aid transparency, and support Triple Line’s progress in building new international business partnerships across Africa, Asia and the Americas.

David Smith, Managing Director of Triple Line, says: “Triple Line has a successful record of managing challenge funds for the UK Government and other organisations. We are seeking to develop innovative measurement tools and improve our capacity to measure impact and evaluate the return on taxpayers' funds in reducing international poverty. The KTP programme is going to support the growth of Triple Line and improve our systems using innovative new media and technology”.

Clive Bailey, KTP Manager says: “Understanding the impact of challenge fund grants on poverty is complex and challenging, particularly in the least developed countries. This KTP with Triple Line will help considerably in the extraction of data to better understand the impact and utilization of Challenge Funds in the fight against global poverty”.

The grant builds on a long line of policy relevant research and knowledge exchange activities conducted by the Centre for Development Studies, contributing to the critical mass of activity underpinning the recently launched Institute for Policy Research.

For further information on KTPs please contact:
Clive Bailey (Business Development Manager)
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 5201