How We Adapt

Adapting is a process of sensing, learning and responding to the systems and environments in which we work. To adapt is to work with change and uncertainty to achieve the development outcomes we want and need.

What We Do

 
SUSTAINABLE ENERGY INNOVATION

Sustainable energy can meet the demands of development and growth today, without endangering our development tomorrow. We undertake research on the political economy of energy transitions and sustainable development at national and local levels, including through advancing cross-cutting climate and energy policy analysis and development. Our work explores how the deployment of renewable technologies and advancing energy efficiency can support a greener economy, local empowerment and resilience, gender equality, social justice and other sustainable development objectives.

GREEN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

A green economy is an inclusive, sustainable economy that supports the health and well-being of social and ecological systems. We engage in research, policy development, strategy and programme design to support the development of local economies that provide business and livelihood opportunities through natural resource efficiency, conservation, and restoration. The transition to a green economy holds the potential to simultaneously address environmental challenges and social issues of access, equity and justice through bottom-up and top-down transformational strategies.

URBAN RESILIENCE & DECENTRALISED DEVELOPMENT

Resilience is the capacity to continuously adapt to and develop in a dynamic context. It is the ability to respond to destructive natural or social disasters, or new generative technologies like renewable energy, as well as more fundamental, longer-term shifts like a warming climate, with flexibility and growth. We advocate for and develop locally embedded resilience strategies. While top-down policies and investments remain critical in responding to macro challenges, we believe that decentralised and distributed, people-driven, bottom-up actions are critical to building the capacity for resilient development at all levels.

APPLIED COMPLEXITY THINKING & COLLECTIVE SENSEMAKING FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Adapt is embedded in international networks of complexity, systems and resilience thinkers and doers.  We facilitate bespoke learning, planning and engagement processes, drawing on a range of frameworks and methodologies, including systems and stakeholder mapping, theory of change, political economy analysis, and social design thinking.

APPLIED RISK THINKING

At Adapt, we understand risk as a function of uncertainty. Given the complexity of contemporary development thinking and practice, we are working to develop a new applied approach to risk, as a strategic frame for our work. 

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Contact us

Tel. +27 82 868 1402 (SA)    +1 424 386 6364 (USA)

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