Listen carefully. Tread lightly. Adapt quickly. – Approaching Adaptive Management: Examples from our Somalia education programming

Adaptive management approaches potentially offer us opportunities to deliver high quality results in circumstances where change is complex, including in fragile, unstable or conflict affected places. However, building adaptive programming continues to be a challenge for the sector.

This paper expands on CARE’s learning from our Department for International Development - UK Aid funded Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) project and offers recommendations for how to create more opportunities for truly adaptive programming in the future. In particular:

  • Projects that are designed to adapt need budget structures, results frameworks and governance that enable the process of adaptation.
  • Adaptive projects require both strong participatory elements and flexible governance and accountability structures.
  • Adaptive Management requires resources. Where the expected change is complex, adaptation is frequently necessary to ensure we are responding to context and evidence. This should be adequately resourced if we are to expect results.
  • Countries: Somalia, Global
  • Published: February 2020

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