Mr Philip Cole is a consultant development economist with 30 years’ experience in Southern Africa in economic research, planning and analysis and he has experience in all aspects of the project cycle, project and programme design and monitoring and evaluation. Mr Cole has an M.Sc. Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London and a B.Sc (Hons.) Economics from University College, University of London.

Philip specialises in the economics and finance of education and training, agriculture and rural development, and regional and local economic development. He also has extensive experience in public financial management (PFM) systems and their development, especially in budget planning, including MTEF frameworks, policy modelling and costing. He has also undertaken work in cost-benefit and value-for-money (VfM) analysis.

His previous work includes:

  • Costing an education programme for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon.
  • Costing the White Paper on Post-School Education and Training, South Africa.
  • Development of the Agriculture Sector Investment Plan, Rwanda.
  • Development of the Agricultural Research Council Strategic Plan, South Africa.