We are a small, client-oriented consultancy service focused on assisting organisations achieve sustainable development in a changing climate.

We specialise in:

  • Integrating climate change risk and adaptation into development programs
  • Project design
  • Climate risk assessment
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Training and capacity building
  • Strategy and framework development
  • Policy and research
  • Report writing



adapt-develop is a small, client-focused consultancy service assisting government, non-government and international organisations to meet the challenges of climate change and sustainable development.

We focus on integrating climate change risk and adaptation into development programs at all levels and throughout the project cycle – including scoping, design and M&E systems. We also develop stand-alone adaptation programs and provide monitoring and evaluation services for sustainable development and climate change projects.

Capacity building and training is another area of strength for adapt-develop. We develop and deliver programs to increase awareness of climate change as a development issue and how to develop and implement locally relevant adaptation strategies and actions.

adapt-develop is lead by Paul Mitchell. With over a decade of international development experience in more than 20 countries across five regions worldwide. Paul is an expert in climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. He has led adaptation programs for the Australian aid program and international NGO Save the Children, and provided consultancy services for government, non-government and international organisations. Paul holds a BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies and Sociology and a Masters in International Development from the University of New South Wales. He is currently completing a PhD at RMIT University’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, researching options for adaptation in the post-2015 era.

Recent clients include:

  • The World Bank
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia)
  • Save the Children
  • Children in a Changing Climate Coalition (ChildFund International, Plan International, Save the Children, UNICEF, World Vision International)
  • Oxfam Australia
  • CARE Australia






A selection of recent projects undertaken by adapt-develop are listed below.

  • Co-facilitated a workshop on community-based adaptation for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Climate Change Branch
  • Developed an Interim Climate Change Support Unit for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Pacific Branch
  • Technical support for community-based adaptation project development for Save the Children in Bangladesh
  • Support for the World Bank’s response to Cyclone Winston in Fiji
  • Researched and drafted an advocacy document on child-centred adaptation for COP 21 for members of the Children in a Changing Climate Coalition (ChildFund, Plan International, Save the Children, UNICEF, World Vision International)
  • Developed technical guidelines on climate-resilient livelihoods for Care Vietnam
  • Provided technical support for implementation of Save the Children Australia’s child-centred community-based climate change adaptation programs in Bangladesh, the Philippines, Vanuatu and Vietnam
  • Researched and drafted four sector-based case studies for Care Australia’s Australian aid program-funded community-based climate change action grants project in Timor Leste
  • Developed a climate change strategy and action plan for Save the Children Australia
  • Reviewed and ensured quality of three country-level reports on climate change and urban children in Asia (for Save the Children in Bangladesh, Philippines and Vietnam) and a regional synthesis report
  • Facilitated a workshop on climate change and urban children in Asia for Save the Children
  • Researched and drafted case studies for Oxfam Australia’s Australian aid program-funded community-based climate change action grants projects in Timor-Leste, the Philippines, Vanuatu and Vietnam
  • Researched and developed a briefing paper on climate finance and opportunities for NGOs for Save the Children
  • Researched and drafted a guide for the Australian aid program on integrating climate risk and adaptation into community-based programs
  • Reviewed and provided technical inputs to a climate change training manual for child-centred climate change adaptation in Bangladesh for Save the Children
  • Designed and facilitated a workshop on community-based climate change action for the Australian aid program, including 37 participants from NGOs and government
  • Provided an independent appraisal for a climate change integration program design for the Australian aid program in Vietnam
  • Developed and delivered a two day training course on integrating climate change, environment and disaster risk reduction into education systems for local and provincial officials in Laos



Paul Mitchell (2016) Children in a changing climate: how child-centered approaches can build resilience and overcome multiple barriers to adaptation. In Godfrey and Torres (eds.) Emergent Possibilities for Global Sustainability Intersections of Race, Class and Gender. New York: Routledge.

(2015) Child-centred adaptation: Realising children’s rights in a changing climate. Children in a Changing Climate Coalition (lead author)

Paul Mitchell and Caroline Bourchard (2014) Mainstreaming children’s vulnerabilities and capacities into community-based adaptation to enhance impact. Climate and Development 6:4, pp. 372-381. DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2014.934775 (open access)

Rachel Garthwaite and Paul Mitchell (2014) Inequality, climate change and children’s development. UNICEF Office of Research (ed.). Challenges of Climate Change: Children on the Front Line. Florence: UNICEF Office of Research.

Fumiko Fukuoka, Charles Nyandiga, Paul Mitchell, Andrew Adwera, Achala Chandani, James Hardcastle, Sarwat Chowdhury, Aminul Islam and Leena Wokeck (2014) Seeking sustainable financing mechanisms for upscaling community-based adaptation’. In Schipper, Ayers, Reid, Huq and Rahman (eds.) Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change: Scaling it Up. New York: Routledge.

Protecting Women’s and Children’s Health from a Changing Climate. Knowledge Summary for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (2014) Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (contributing author).



I have had the distinctive pleasure of working with Paul on a number of occasions whereby he has managed the delivery of a number of climate change adaptation policy and strategic assignments for Save the Children. He has an incredible wealth of international experience and is highly competent and well regarded in his field. He consistently delivers high calibre work, has a strong work ethic, and is our “go to” consultant for any discreet project that arises. I would highly recommend Paul for any future consultancies.

Corinne Schoch, Climate Change Advisor, Save the Children


I’ve worked with Paul in his capacity as a specialised climate change consultant, and was impressed with his ability to juggle multiple inputs and deliver very high quality products above expectations and on time. He is easy to work with, flexible, and very knowledgeable. Definitely recommended.

Pia Treichel, Program Manager – Climate Change Adaptation, Plan International


Paul has done a number of consultancies for my team and I at Save the Children Australia in recent years, all of which have been of exceptional quality. He’s easy to work with, is adept at understating and tailoring his work to organisation needs and highly knowledgeable and experienced in his field.  Furthermore, Paul’s ability to be flexible yet remain focused on the delivery of high quality outputs has proven to be instrumental in completing complex tasks in fluid contexts. I have no hesitation in recommending Paul for consultancy services.

Nick Ireland,  Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Manager, Save the Children


In late 2014, CARE Australia contracted Paul to support us to develop four briefs which outlined CARE’s approaches and good practice from the DFAT-funded Climate Change in Secure Environment (MAKA’AS) project in Timor-Leste. They were to be ‘technical but accessible’ for a broad audience and Paul delivered. He developed four briefs. The briefs were easy to read and well-presented in a newsletter-style. Copies were printed and distributed at Timor-Leste’s first national conference on climate change adaptation in Dili in November 2014. They were also distributed to other external and internal stakeholders in Timor-Leste and Australia. Paul was great to deal with, responsive to feedback, and delivered on the Terms of Reference. I would recommend Paul to other agencies.

Takara Morgan, Asia Coordinator, CARE Australia