Welcome to Antylles

Founded on a handshake, Antylles is a trusted public sector governance and performance advisor to donor and beneficiary governments and international organisations.  We advise civil service leaders, publicly elected leaders, and political, security and donor policy leaders.  We achieve extraordinary results by working cohesively together – along side our clients – to focus on solving the most wicked national development problems.

Our aim is to…

  • Improve senior-level decision-making
  • Improve the effectiveness of aid and development programmes
  • Strengthen local institution’s performance, accountability and transparency
  • Empower locally-led service design and delivery

We do this through…

  • Applied research: Using a human-centred approach, we assess the social and institutional context, sector dynamics and geopolitical currents to help our client frame complex political and management problems
  • Problem-driven adaptive design: Using collaborative design techniques, we co-design potential solutions from the ground up, and work closely with the client, their constituents and their partners to identify the most appropriate way forward. We have helped pioneer problem-driven iterative approaches
  • Strategic advice and change management: Leveraging our global and in-country team, we act as the trusted advisor to executives to assist them in strategic thinking, balancing organisational design trade-offs, assessing the impact of social and political processes, and continually designing and re-designing system and institutional changes to find the best fit
  • Evaluation: We help our clients evaluate the performance and overall impact of their efforts and balance these with the realities of delivering within a dynamic and challenging context to inform future efforts

In our senior team, we advocate for deep technical expertise, a sense of curiosity, a willingness to experiment with new ideas, an intimate knowledge in the countries and regions we work in, and a strong focus on adding value and creating impact.

Who we are

We are based in the UK and the USA, but we are designed to work as one global team. We are a single partnership of senior experts founded on a single set of values and a passion for client impact. Our firm is owned by its leading experts. We have no headquarters in the traditional sense, we don’t maintain expensive physical offices. Our Managing Principal is elected by the Principals and leads as ‘first among equals’.  We only recruit seasoned consultants and passionate Principals who have a developed a strong area of expertise through proven hands on experience.

We have worked for the UK Government (DFID, FCO, SU), UN Agencies, the World Bank and other IFIs, EU, OECD, the governments of USA, Denmark, Netherlands, and many others as well as host governments and communities.  Our team has extensive experience working in such countries as: Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Palestine (Gaza & West Bank), Turkey, Costa Rica, Timor Leste, UAE, Somalia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Kenya.

Our approach to working in fragile and conflict-affected environments

The Antylles approach to working in fragile and conflict affected states (FCAS) is driven by our focus on careful analysis of the context, through political economy, problem analyses and our own proprietary analytical frameworks and diagnostic approaches. We draw on the best available knowledge. This is vitally important to understand the entry points for action and the implications of various choices. FCAS are rife with dilemmas, they exhibit a high level of complexity where no solution is likely to accommodate all concerns and solutions may be far from ideal.

Our approach based on extensive field experience is to:

  1. Embed analysis (including necessary research) in local partners. This is more likely to produce locally derived and defined issues around development performance. We then seek to promote facilitated design processes with our local partners, helping them navigate the complexity of development and aid politics.
  2. We also seek to learn actively, every intervention is in some way an experiment; observation and constant adaptation are key.
  3. We work with a wide variety of stakeholders and partners ensuring that ideas for change are realistic, viable, sustainable, legitimate, relevant, and supportable.