What we do


Research and analysis

We bring the best applied political economy analysis and systems thinking to original and secondary research. We collaborate with government agencies, development agencies and funders, programmes, and policy research organisations to generate the evidence that can help inform programming decisions and design strategies and programme portfolios.

We conduct research and analysis with local partners and apply the principles of sectoral and problem-driven political economy analysis, systems analysis, and Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation.

We provide training and mentoring support with designing and implementing political economy studies and help organisations develop their capabilities to think and work politically.


Strategy design

We work with our partners to help our clients to design programme strategies and portfolios of related activities that are adapted and informed by the analysis of context, systems, and an understanding of the factors contributing to the development challenges they try to change.

We partner and collaborate with local conveners to strategise how to mobilise those with a stake in tackling common problems and introducing relevant change. We apply a problem-driven programme and project design and blend planning and implementation through rapid cycles of planning, actions, reflection, learning, and adaptations of activities and portfolios of work.


Design of monitoring learning and evaluation systems 

Adaptive approaches to complex development challenges require monitoring and learning systems that generate and reward the learning and adaptation important for contributing to outcomes. At the same time, such systems need to provide acceptable evidence that implementation is ‘on track and that the implementing teams are applying the agreed approach to a high-quality standard.

We work with our partners and clients to design monitoring learning and evaluation systems that intentionally and explicitly put learning at the centre and have the right processes in place to inform strategic decisions and adaptation and provide the accountability evidence required by funders. We apply the principles of developmental evaluation and accompany our clients as learning partners or critical friends to help identify and tailor tools that can help their monitoring and learning needs and the development of a learning mindset across programme teams.

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