About Us

Atethemis, Inc. is a small woman-owned international development firm.  We provide a platform for engineers, environmental, social and gender specialists to integrate their efforts toward a common goal of maximizing positive change in people’s lives for a given investment.

Atethemis, Inc. provides program planning, design, implementation, and management from this holistic approach. We believe that a program planned and designed to foster community transformation, in close collaboration with the men and women whose lives will be impacted, can be effectively implemented and efficiently managed to successfully deliver a sustainable project with optimal benefits.

Current infrastructure development focus is on water and sanitation in dense urban areas. Atethemis operates per the paradigm that successful development is fostered by investing in people–not just things. Atethemis’ approach is to develop the desired infrastructure as part of a program where the attendant socio-economic and environmental constraints to development within a given community are countered in the design and implementation of the program for transforming that community to ensure sustainability of the investment.

Social impact assessment and gender assessment services range from needs assessments to analyses, to rigorous evaluation and learning agendas, to managing implementation of creative solutions that engages men, women, boys, and girls fully throughout all sector projects. We believe that whether a project has desired outcomes related to improving clean energy use, access to clean water, nutrition, markets, increasing incomes, or improving agricultural productivity, that by identifying solutions that work for women and men we can positively transform and impact lives.

Atethemis International (Zambia) is a branch of Atethemis, Inc. operating out of Lusaka, Zambia. Our work in Zambia focuses on in-country capacity-building efforts for Zambian nationals to conduct high quality qualitative and quantitative data analysis and collection. Sector focus for data analysis includes social, gender, health, agriculture, and infrastructure.


Services Provided

Program Management

The overall objective of Atethemis’ program management (PM) is to implement, manage, administer, coordinate – and as necessary improve – efficient and effective management protocols for successfully delivering a quality program within budget and timeline, and provides the intended utility in transforming the community. Planning is essential for successful program implementation; managing successful execution and implementation of a program is planned at the onset of […]

Social Inclusion and Gender Equality

“Social inclusion and gender equality” are not just buzz-words. It is a development approach, and lens through which we can better: 1) identify who it is that we are impacting through our investments; 2) ensure we are protecting the most vulnerable people; 3) transform communities through improved relationships at all levels that draw upon the strengths of all women, men, boys and girls; and 4) […]

Skills Building/Development

Skill building is a process of developing, strengthening, enhancing and improving existing technical skills and capabilities at the individual level to enable them to eventually assess, adapt, manage and enhance performance independently. During this process, transfer of relevant technological knowledge, expertise, skills and capabilities to individuals is a key complimentary activity that enhances individual capacity. A familiar challenge is most developing countries is the limited […]


Jessica has authored or contributed work to the following publications:

USAID (2016). “Midterm Evaluation for STOP GBV Zambia.” Prepared by Jessica Menon, Tasila Mbewe, Kasubika Chibuye, Oscar Mutinda, and Eugene Wafula. December 2016.

USAID (2014). “Toolkit for Monitoring and Evaluating Gender-Based Violence Interventions along the Relief to Development Continuum.” Prepared by Jessica Menon, Victoria Rames, and Patricia Morris of Development and Training Solutions for USAID.

Sewall-Menon, et al (2012).  “The Cost of Reaching the Most Disadvantaged Girls: Programmatic Evidence from Guatemala, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Egypt.”  The Population Council.  February 2012.

Ebbeler, Jessica (2009).  Financial requirements for Global Investments in Priority Health Interventions for Adolescent Girls: Estimated Costs of Scaling Priority Interventions for Adolescent Girls’ Health and Policy Recommendations for Improved Tracking of Global Health Expenditures on Adolescent Girls.  Prepared for the Center for Global Development.  Start with a Girl Web Annex 2.  August 17, 2009.

Tenim, Miriam and Ruthe Levine (2009).  “Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health. A Girls Count Report on Adolescent Girls.”  Center for Global Development.  Contributed to research and content. 

Ebbeler, Jessica (2008).  “Financial Requirements to Achieve Millennium Development Goal Three on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Review of Country Experiences.” Supported by The World Bank. 

Ebbeler, Jessica (2008).  “Financial Requirements to Achieve the Millennium Development Goal on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Review of Country Experiences.” InterAction Monday Developments, Vol. 26, No.3.  March 17, 2008.

Levine, et al (2008).  “Girls Count: A Global Investment and Action Agenda.” Center for Global Development.  Contributed research and content.