DFID’s Middle East and North Africa Hub (MENAH) is keen to understand effective modes of delivering technical assistance for poverty reduction and security, in the absence of financial aid; in an effort to promote the UK’s continued influence in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. In March 2020, MENAH commissioned Konung International to provide an evidence map, as a first step in building this understanding. The ultimate objective of the evidence mapping exercise is to provide a catalogue of reliable, rigorous evidence that DFID and other UK Government Departments can draw on to inform future programming in the MENA region (throughout 20/21 and beyond). The evidence map and associated Narrative Report outline the results of the coding and subsequent mapping process; providing insight on the volume of identified sources that explore a variety of identified themes, interventions, outputs and outcomes of Technical Assistance interventions in the MENA region; in the absence of financial aid.

About Konung International (KI)
KI is a UK-based specialist International Development consultancy, delivering innovative and politically aware governance and public financial management (PFM) programmes globally. Within this remit, we often conduct complex research assignments to inform public sector technical assistance interventions – with a focus on governance; empowerment and accountability; public financial management; anticorruption; and work in fragile, transitional, and conflict-affected states. KI caters specifically to research and evaluation projects that seek to support the delivery of insight-fuelled programmes and interventions. In June 2020, KI joined the FHI 360 family of companies. FHI 360 is a non-profit human development organisation dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways – by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. KI remains an independent UK-based SME; and is now able to bring the experience, resources, and footprint of FHI 360 to deliver programmes more effectively and efficiently for DFID and other international donors.

The authors would like to thank the team leader, Annette Fisher, for her valuable guidance and support throughout the project. The authors would also like to thank Ritu Mahendru for her assistance with the screening and coding of materials.

This report was prepared for the UK Department of international Development. The views expressed in this report are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Konung International, it’s partner agencies or DFID.