SEEK Development is a strategic and organizational consulting group based in Berlin, Germany, dedicated to driving progress and innovations in global development.
They specialize in strategy and policy development, large programmatic and organizational evaluations, leadership and change management, and strategic advocacy. Their sectoral focus is on global health, education, and agriculture, with functional focus areas including aid effectiveness, the global financing architecture for development, and innovative financing approaches.
SEEK Development works primarily with international organizations, public-sector and civil-society institutions, foundations, and socially responsible enterprises. SEEK’s clients include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; GIZ, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank, among others.
SEEK Development is also the creator of the Donor Tracker, a free, independent website designed to facilitate strategic advocacy, featuring up-to-date analysis of 14 major OECD donors.
They are convinced that successful development — of individuals and organizations or of countries and regions — is driven by three factors:
New ideas, with concrete objectives and a clear strategy for their achievement
Individual and systemic capacity to implement a given strategy or initiative
Motivation and accountability of all relevant actors in a change or development process.
They thus combine their strategy and policy work with the analysis of systemic preconditions of change and practical support in managing transformation processes.
Their clients are real partners to us: They work jointly with them to leverage their potential, in developing new initiatives or maximizing the impact of existing programs – from reducing child and maternal mortality in the world’s poorest countries to optimizing company strategies for sustainable business.
In all their efforts, they set the highest professional standards for their work, and their clients’ feedback is of critical importance to us.
SEEK Development supports its clients with core competencies in four service areas:
Strategy and policy formulation
Capturing new development opportunities requires strategic focus as well as viable policies and operational frameworks to allow successful implementation. They support their clients through analysis and synthesis of the information critical for strategic decision-making and in the development of strategy and policy recommendations. They also facilitate strategy workshops or conferences and provide other process management expertise to support effective deliberations, especially in multi-stakeholder settings. In doing so, they always work closely with their clients as the owners and eventual implementers of the strategy.
Organizations are living systems that need to evolve and grow to be successful, especially in situations of external or internal change. They support their clients in creating and maintaining the structural and managerial conditions for operating as high performing, transparent entities. They work closely with the leadership of the client organization, assisting in the diagnosis of areas needing attention and bringing content and process expertise to successfully address identified issues. They bring particularly strong expertise in team and leadership coaching, board development, and in talent and performance management.
Evaluation of organizations, projects and programs
Managers, policy makers and funders alike use evaluations
to determine the impact of their work and investments against objectives
to assess the effectiveness of organizational or governance structures and
to identify improvement opportunities.
By combining rigorous evaluation methodology, strong knowledge of international development issues, and cross-cutting strategic and organizational skills, SEEK Development produces high quality evaluations of organizations, projects and programs. They take particular care in ensuring that their evaluations meet the needs of their clients and that they always conclude with practical recommendations for action.
Knowledge creation and dissemination
Improving the evidence and knowledge base for informed decision and policy making in international development is of critical importance to us. They work with a range of organizations in knowledge creation projects and also disseminate this knowledge through teaching, publications and participation in international conferences and meetings.They have recently partnered with the Global Health Group at the University of California San Francisco to launch E2Pi, the Evidence to Policy Initiative, whose mission it is to bridge the gap between rigorous evidence and practical policy making in global health and development.See more