HEART Partners

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OPM works with international governments to build impactful public policy for lasting, positive change. OPM works in all areas of social and economic policy and governance, offering the very best evidence-based advice to bring about lasting, positive change. HEART is led by the Fast Response team at OPM and delivers when decision makers need to interpret and apply evidence in a short time frame, supplying people and expertise at a moment’s notice.


Aguaconsult is a UK based consulting firm that specializes in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in low income countries. It is globally regarded for its work on sustainability of rural WASH service delivery, and has a growing portfolio in urban sanitation. Aguaconsult was established in 2003, and has undertaken around 80 high quality assignments for a wide range of clients such as DFID, the Gates Foundation World Bank, WaterAid, WSUP, UN Agencies, and many more.

Education Development Trust
Education Development Trust (formerly CfBT Education Trust) is one of the world’s leading not-for-profit education organizations, with over fifty years’ experience of improving educational outcomes internationally in a sustained way. They have extensive experience across a range of contexts and a flexible, responsive team of experts to address the challenging needs of donors, governments, schools and partners globally. 

They deliver large-scale programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, South-East and South Asia and in the UK. They also deliver high-quality rapid response technical assistance and research globally, with a particular focus on fragile, post-conflict and early recovery states.

hera is an international, multidisciplinary partnership of health and development sector experts committed to evidence based support of the right to health and development. Its high-quality work and rigorous internal quality management have earned hera a reputation as a consistent and reliable partner in global health and development initiatives. 

Active since 1990, hera has contributed to strengthening the health sectors in over 100 countries worldwide, providing high-quality consultancy services with special foci on health and development policy, health systems strengthening, project planning, management, monitoring and evaluation, operational research, health financing, pharmaceutical supply management and health care delivery.

Institute of Development Studies
The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a global research and learning organisation for equitable and sustainable change. IDS believes passionately that cutting-edge research, knowledge and mutual learning are crucial in shaping the transformations needed to reduce inequalities, accelerate sustainability and build more inclusive and secure societies. In line with their engaged excellence approach, IDS are committed to collaborating closely with local civil society, governments, international NGOs, citizens, donors, researchers and many others to realise this positive change.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is internationally renowned as a centre of excellence in research, teaching and the provision of technical assistance. LSTM works globally to reduce the burden of sickness and mortality through the delivery of effective interventions to improve human health, particularly for those in the poorest communities. 

There are research partnerships in over 70 countries with offices, programmes and staff based across Africa, South-East and South Asia. Key areas of expertise include: maternal, newborn and child health; gender and health; capacity building research; neglected tropical diseases; malaria and other vector-borne diseases; lung health and tuberculosis; HIV; human resources for health; applied health; monitoring and evaluation; and resistance research and management. LSTM supports the use of evidence and provides expert advice in policymaking.

Mannion Daniels
Mannion Daniels is an international consultancy and fund manager. Their mission is to work for a health, equitable, inclusive, safe and sustainable world. They focus on fragile and conflict-affected states, to ensure that their work reaches the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. MannionDaniels provides the HEART consortium with expertise on health – with a focus on policy, strategic planning, governance and programme management. Working together the organisations support the use of evidence and expert advice in policymaking.

Nutrition Works
NutritionWorks is an international public nutrition resource group with a strong commitment to supporting communities vulnerable to malnutrition through robust learning and evidence. NutritionWorks is comprised of a diverse mix of highly experienced international public health nutritionists, currently led by three independent partners with a network of supporting associates. Key areas of work include the provision of technical assistance to policy and strategy development, in addition to technical guidance and research; programme review and evaluation; capacity development; planning and facilitation of technical meetings and advocating for evidence based policies and programmes.

The Open University

The Open University (OU), UK is the world’s first successful open and distance teaching university, and the largest university in the UK with over 170,000 students. OU pioneers innovation in teaching practices and the use of technology to open up access to high-quality education for all. It combines teaching, research and large-scale projects in international development, leveraging 50 years’ experience of technology-enhanced open and distance education to deliver innovative, inclusive learning for low-resource contexts.

The OU’s International Development Office (IDO) works with development, academic and Government partners in 16 countries globally to implement flexible, scalable, practice-based capacity-building programmes for education and health workers, civil society organisations, mobile populations and Higher Education institutions.

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University of Leeds
The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development (NCHID) at the University of Leeds was founded in 1978 and is now part of the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds. NCHID undertakes public health research and education focused on low and middle-income countries. NCHID’s work aims to understand problems in providing and accessing health services in these countries and then to develop and evaluate complex health system interventions. Work is linked to national priorities through close working relationships with policy-makers.

NCHID provides a suite of postgraduate masters courses aimed at public health practitioners and managers and tailored capacity development programmes. Their work has focused on communicable and non-communicable diseases, health financing, governance and human resources.

The Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University is a world leading education and research institute involved in the development of knowledge and capacity in water and sanitation for sustainable development and emergency relief.

Founded in 1971, WEDC engages in three main activities to improve basic infrastructure and essential services in low and middle income countries, namely: education and training at postgraduate level and for professional development; applied research and consultancy and outreach, through hosting international conferences, and the dissemination of quality technical information products which are available for open access download through their website.

WISE Development
WISE Development, a DAI company, specialises in gender, social and institutional development. WISE provides expertise in gender equality and social inclusion and has built a strong worldwide reputation for improving the lives of women and girls across a number of sectors, including: Economic Empowerment and Human Rights (including Health, Education, WASH and Violence Against Women & Girls). WISE brings world class expertise in gender auditing, integration of gender approaches and analysis into programme design and implementation; strategic planning; M&E; training and capacity building; and organisational reviews.