Development Transformations (DT) supports the transition from conflict to sustainable peace, enhances host nation capacity to provide stable and effective governance, and strengthens local community-based organizations.
Working effectively in today's global environment of multi-faceted challenges requires development, diplomatic, and military professionals to have a broader understanding of interagency operations.
Development Transformations (DT) personnel include professionals with development, diplomatic, and military experience, providing a thorough understanding of the organizational cultures unique to each sector. For the military, DT provides strategic advice on how to better engage civilian populations and agencies, analyze civil information, identify root causes of conflict, and conduct effective population-centric operations. For civilian agencies and NGOs, DT provides services that include how to participate effectively in military planning and operations, conduct programming in areas where security forces are operating, and coordinate with the military while preserving mission principles.
DT’s specific training programs with military and civilian sectors cover a range of topics including: U.S. foreign policy objectives in specific geographical regions, democracy promotion, humanitarian assistance, principles of development, working in a diplomatic community, civil society, media training, and conflict resolution. DT has partnered with Department of State, USAID, U.S. Institute of Peace, NGOs, academic institutions, and others to design and deliver up-to-date and tailored instruction. Our services can be designed as pre-deployment training for military and civilians or as professional development programs.
Stabilization and transition processes are complex and require flexible approaches to address the specific challenges of the environment.
Effective stabilization activities focus on root causes of instability, thereby helping to mitigate the drivers of conflict and set the stage for long-term development to take place. Development Transformations (DT) has a team of experienced civilian and military stabilization practitioners who offer technical assistance, training, and hands-on mentoring to all entities engaged in security challenged environments. DT has years of experience designing, implementing, and monitoring and evaluating stabilization programming at both the tactical and strategic levels. Utilizing real-world case studies and simulations, our training programs provide examples of best practices and prepare practitioners for the complexities of fluid, insecure, and dynamic environments.
The windows of opportunity to positively influence political transitions can be limited. In order to take advantage of these critical junctures, Development Transformations (DT) can rapidly deploy its cadre of staff with broad sectoral, country, and linguistic expertise. DT believes programming during periods of political and social change must be inclusive, transparent, and flexible. We understand the importance of both supporting top-down national reform initiatives as well as taking a bottom-up approach to program design and implementation in these settings.
Pluralism and democratic progress often go hand in hand. DT works with government, informal governance structures, and community-based organizations – including marginalized groups such as youth, women, and ethnic minorities. DT supports transition programming by implementing projects that develop the capacity of local partners, strengthen government institutions, improve population engagement, and provide professional development for public officials and political party members.
A strong civil society and effective, representative government institutions are crucial for long-term democratic development.
CIVIL SOCIETY DEVELOPMENT
Recognizing the importance of a strong and vibrant civil society, Development Transformations (DT) works with new and existing organizations to build capacity and encourage citizen participation in the political process. To increase the role of civil society, DT fosters links between these organizations and government.
Participating in grassroots civil society organizations allows citizens to contribute to the political process, thereby developing a more active, engaged, and representative citizenry. Civil society organizations, including both non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and ad hoc, informal groups, can provide a crucial link in connecting citizens with government officials, and are often the catalyst behind progressive development.
Establishing effective, trustworthy, and responsive public sector institutions is essential for a state to provide goods, services, and security to its people. DT works with all branches of government—from rural mayors and council members to national representatives and the executive office—to enhance the efficiency and operational structure of government institutions.
In order to create a government that is respected by its citizenry for its ability to deliver services, DT provides staff services and development, constituent relations, and overall accountability and transparency.
Effective research, analysis, monitoring, and evaluation are essential to successful programming in conflict and transition environments.
RESEARCH & EVALUATION
Using our extensive experience working around the world in the most challenging environments, Development Transformations (DT) offers a comprehensive set of research and evaluation capabilities. We believe it is vital to understand the cultural, political, social, governmental, security, and physical contexts in which our clients operate to deliver effective outcomes.
DT provides full reviews of existing development programs and detailed recommendations for programmatic changes. Seeking to measure impact rather than just outputs, we evaluate political development, civil society capacity, governance, and stabilization programming. We gather qualitative and quantitative data in challenging environments, using appropriate techniques to maintain the integrity of our data.
Our main focus is:
- Monitoring and evaluating the success of our clients’ projects;
- Mapping the reach, depth and quality of governance;
- Understanding civil society and networks of influence that shape people’s lives;
- Informing stability operations by making assessments of sources of conflict and identifying actionable grievances and reinforceable resiliencies.