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Human development

Human development


We work with governments and private businesses to build human capital by improving education and health outcomes, ensuring a decent standard of living for all. Our focus sectors are health, education, social protection and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene). 

Our core areas of expertise are financing (public finance management, sector financing and expenditure performance, private sector investment), mixed service delivery systems (private and public sector) and adaptive social service systems.

Leading The Team


    Tomas Lievens

    Managing Partner (Human Development)

    Ian Macauslan

    Partner (Human Development)

    Tafara Ngwaru

    Principal (Human Development)



    Building the case with UNICEF for an investment in ECD in Burundi

    Genesis Analytics partnered with UNICEF and the Government of Burundi to build the case for multi-sectoral early childhood development (ECD) investments in the country and recommend the package of ECD interventions that is optimal to boost the development of its youngest generation and, thus, of the nation as a whole.


    Diagnosing expenditure performance through health financing analysis

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation needed to identify health-financing challenges driving poor system performance and the entry points in addressing the challenges.


    Supporting safe reopening of ECD centres in Oman in pandemic

    Genesis Analytics has been working alongside UNICEF Oman to develop guidelines for the safe reopening of early childhood development centres in Oman, in order to limit the impact of COVID-19 on this crucial stage in the lifecycle for infants.


    Counting the health costs of VAT on soap in Madagascar

    Genesis Analytics partnered with UNICEF and the Government in Madagascar to evaluate whether an exemption in the value-added tax on soap would increase access to soap and achieve better WASH-related outcomes, and drive tax policy decision-making based on the recommendations derived from the evaluation.


    Assessing family planning financing expenditure performance

    Genesis conducted family-planning performance assessment for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to identify key improvement areas in family-planning financing for three countries and created a tool that supports alignment between the foundation’s health and family-planning financing strategies.


    Evaluating project to empower 2000 scholars through school

    The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) appointed Genesis to conduct a mid-term review of their 10-year programme to support 2,000 scholars (primarily girls) in Rwanda and Ethiopia through secondary school, and to further support a group of the Rwandan scholars through university.


    Charting sustainable roadmap for AIDS in Sri Lanka

    Genesis was contracted by UNAIDS to lead a transition readiness assessment (TRA) in Sri Lanka and develop an implementable sustainability roadmap to mitigate for transition risks and vulnerabilities.


    Analysis of fiscal space Oman needs to maintain social welfare

    In partnership with Oxford Policy Management (UK) and The Firm (Oman), Genesis Analytics carried out a comprehensive fiscal space analysis for Oman, projecting expenditures for health and education to 2040.


    Supporting health-financing advocacy with evidence-driven strategies

    We apply a suite of diagnostic and analytical approaches in health financing assessment to determine the adequacy, efficiency, cost-effectiveness and equity of financing for different disease and programmatic areas.

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Related Focus Areas


    Behavioural solutions

    Genesis recognises that certain problems in commerce and development demand an expert understanding of human behaviour. Moreover, the quality of traditional solutions can often be dramatically improved by incorporating behavioural expertise. Behavioural Solutions at Genesis combines expertise in economics, psychology, anthropology and sociology to unlock value.


    Centre of Digital Excellence

    Our Centre for Digital Excellence (C0DE) team at Genesis focuses on technology innovation and the opportunities it provides for improving the development potential of African nations. Our work is focused on supporting African governments, their development partners and private firms in forging new tech-enabled pathways to inclusive growth.


    Financial sector strategy

    Genesis offers a wealth of experience in providing strategy support to financial services players, with two decades of experience and over 600 successfully completed projects in Africa and the Middle East.

    Our clients are diverse. We assist governments and government agencies in developing long-term strategies aimed at economic development and advise donors in developing their initiatives to better reach their targeted segments.



    We work with our clients to develop solutions aimed at improving the health of populations throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. 

    Our region faces the challenges of the quadruple burden of disease, which includes both communicable and non-communicable diseases, as well as violence and injury. 

    Coupled with this are relatively weak health systems, heavy reliance on donor funding and inequitable public and private sectors. Within this context, we provide experts with decades of experience in the design, implementation, costing and evaluation of health programmes, and strengthening of sustainable health systems.


    Monitoring, evaluation and learning

    We work to maximise the social and economic impact of development efforts. As a trusted provider of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) services we combine our deeply rooted understanding of the African context with our extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation (M&E) methods to assess progress, measure value creation, and facilitate internal and external learning.


    Water and sanitation

    Water has been identified by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as the most significant area of global risk. Africa is particularly vulnerable, given the relatively low level of average annual rainfall, constrained access to clean and safe drinking water, and climate variability on the continent.

    Genesis has provided strategic advice to donors, governments and the private sector to support decision-making in the water sector. We have also evaluated water projects and worked as a learning partner on longer-term programmes.

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