Charlie Goldsmith Associates

We work in post-conflict, fragile and emerging countries, using context-suitable technology to build practical management systems, so government colleagues can get basic services delivered and establish and sustain core public administration.

We specialize in designing and implementing systems and coaching civil servants; we can and do write assessments and policies, but we care most about implementation.

April 2017: The European Union have announced EUR20m to support primary school teachers in South Sudan.  Click here to read more.

March 2017: Click here to watch the new film showcasing how UK aid’s Girls’ Education South Sudan programme is reaching more than 200,000 girls across the country.

April 2016: We’re delighted that Girls’ Education South Sudan was shortlisted for a British Expertise Award this year.  Congratulations to Mo Ali, our colleague at Aid Works who received the award for “Young Consultant of the Year”.

February 2016: During 2015 we were delighted to support Aid Works “Donor for a Day” workshops in the north of England; the days were an interactive time designed to inspire the next generation.  You can read Mo and Mia’s report here.

October 17th 2015: Girls’ Education South Sudan was featured on the BBC World Service Newshour programme today.  Click here to hear Monica, a 15 year old student at Gudele East, speaking about the situation in South Sudan and here to hear the full article (starts around 18minutes 36 seconds).

July 7th 2015: South Sudan National Girl Child Education Day: primary and secondary school enrolment has now broken the 1 million barrier, and as of this morning now stands at 1,039,305 pupils, every one of whose names is known, in 3043 schools, of whom 417,978 are girls: see all the details on and

April 18th 2015: We’re delighted to support Aid Works, enabling them to expand their schools programme across Sheffield by running more workshops designed to inspire the next generation by challenging the headlines.

March 6th 2015: Read more about how Cash Transfers and Operational funds for schools and clinics are effectively and securely targeted, delivered and monitored here.

The Nigeria School Monitoring System pilot website is now up and running – click here to see how many pupils are in school today!


Our work

We work mostly in the basic services sectors, and in cross-government practical PFM systems and reforms.

We invest in building the long-term capacity of our government colleagues over the long term, and provide practical on-the-job implementation support. We have a strong in-house programming and technology team.

Some of our work is donor-funded, some funded directly by the governments it helps.

Our expertise

  • Payroll
  • Human Resources
  • Attendance Management
  • Applications for Low-Connectivity Places
  • Mobiles for Development
  • Cash Transfers and Mobile Money
  • Practical Public Financial Management
  • Decentralising Resources
  • Management Information Systems
  • Post-Conflict and Post-Crisis
  • Pay and Grading
  • Protection


Girls’ Education South Sudan

Five-year programme to get girls going to school, staying in school, and learning in school, and to directly benefit more than 200,000 individual girls. Funded by DFID, working with Ministry of General Education and Instruction, Government of the Republic of South Sudan, consortium led by BMB Mott MacDonald. We are the technical lead on systems for capitation grants to all schools, cash transfers to all girls in P6-S4, and attendance monitoring.

Support to Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation on Payroll, HR and Attendance 1

In Sierra Leone, under Options UK and funded by DFID, our team supported the Ministry of Health and Sanitation's Human Resources for Health Directorate as well as broader central government, to set up and run an Attendance Monitoring system, and improve HR and Payroll information, to standards needed for DFID and Global Fund support to new higher health staff salaries to be released, and sustain data and reporting quality.