ABOUT US

Our team has decades of field experience working directly with local communities, governments, contractors, civil society organizations and private sector groups. We have also worked with a number of international donors such as USAID, DFID, EU, World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, and private foundations.

Our network of development professionals includes political economy specialists researchers, evaluators, data and analytics specialists, technical innovators, subject matter and regional specialists all of whom combine innovative thinking and rigor in analyzing both the technical soundness and poltical feasibility of any development intervention.  

We are known for our flexibility, top tier partner collaboration, and willingness to adapt to our clients’ needs and challenges.

Adapt, LLC works across a range of development challenges.  We offer particular expertise in governance, economic development, social protection, and environmental programms.  Using applied political economy analysis and other qualitative research methods, we offer unique, actionable insight to our partners and clients.

PHILOSOPHY

We believe that sustainable development and local ownership are a product of careful listening to the people who are most likely to be impacted by a development project’s investments. This requires a mentality shift by development practitioners–from outside expert armed with “best practices” and technical solutions to a facilitator of dialogue.  We call this the informed investor approach.  This approach emphasizes a deep understanding the political and economic system in which the development problem exists.  The informed investor is a development entrepreneur who can facilitate dialogue for a variety of people who are likely to benefit or potentially lose from a change in the status quo. Adapt, LLC believes that using a more adaptive,politically astute approach to development challenges offers its clients and partners greater opportunity to shape lasting outcomes and increase program impact

MOVEMENT

Adapt LLC was launched to contribute to the on-going movement to reform the field of international development. This movement seeks to challenge the dominant traditional paradigm, which values pre-designed, prescriptive, linear approaches to international development assistance. While this [traditional] paradigm persists, governments, private sector and philanthropic organizations engaged in this movement are experimenting with contextual-driven, adaptable approaches that recognizes the importance of political settlement to resolve complex societal problems. .

APPROACH

Adapt LLC views all development challenges within the broader political landscape. As such, we do so using a range of tools: applied political economy analysis, social network analysis, and complex systems mapping and other analytical approaches to unpack thorny issues such as the lack of political will and conflicting incentives. We utilize these tools to provide a systematic framework to develop a more thorough understanding of an issue, sector or country; we then use the analysis to provide practical recommendations on how an investment can be locally owned and sustained over time. Adapt LLC works with donors, contractors, international and and local NGOs to mainstream these practices into the monitoring and evaluation system over the course of the program or project life cycle.

 

WE BELIEVE

Adapt, LLC represents a bold approach:  one in which challenges and opportunities are reimagined in collaboration with local stakeholders, donors and implementation partners.  We resist the traditional “outside expert”  armed with “best practices” and technical solutions.  We favor informed investors are likely to benefit or lose from a change in the status quo.

Adapt LLC helps clients to facilitate entrepreneurial, flexible and dynamic project designs, implementation processes, and measurement tools to calculate value for money on development investments.  We believe engaged, well informed partnerships yield the greatest return on investment.

MOVEMENT

Adapt LLC was started to contribute to the on-going movement to reform the field of international development. This movement seeks to challenge the dominant traditional paradigm, which values pre-designed, prescriptive, linear approaches to international development assistance. While this paradigm persists, governments, private sector and philanthropic organizations engaged in this field are experimenting with more entrepreneurial approaches to solve complex societal problems. More entrepreneurial, adaptable, flexible and dynamic project designs, implementation processes, and measurement tools to calculate value for money on development investments.

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Adapt LLC views international development as a political process. We, therefore, use applied political economy analysis, social network analysis, and complex systems mapping and other analytical approaches to unpack thorny issues such as the lack of political will and conflicting incentives. We utilize these tools to provide a systematic framework to develop a more thorough understanding of an issue, sector or country; we then use the analysis to provide practical recommendations on how an investment can be locally owned and sustained over time. Adapt LLC works with donor staff and project teams to mainstream these practices into the monitoring and evaluation system over the course of the program or project life cycle.

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Adapt LLC.
3025 Ontario Road NW
Washington DC, 20009
(845) 641-2271

Home  |  About Us  |  Meet the Team  |  Consulting Services  |  Contact

Adapt LLC.
3025 Ontario Road NW
Washington DC, 20009
(845) 641-2271

Adapt LLC.
3025 Ontario Road NW
Washington DC, 20009
(845) 641-2271

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