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Where have we got to on Thinking and Working Politically? Update and a Mildly Heretical Thought. – FP2PGreen, D. - 2022, July 14 - From Poverty to Power
Headed off recently to discuss the state of Thinking and Working Politically within the aid sector. This is a loose network of aid wonks that came together to try and move aid from a pure focus on technical issues, towards taking account of power and politics and why they can facilitate/frustrate attempts to make change happen in any given context. It was great to be in a room with others (50/50 in person and online) – the neurons fire in a way that just doesn’t happen online (but I also...
Human society is full of would-be 'change agents', a restless mix of campaigners, lobbyists, and officials, both individuals and organizations, set on transforming the world. They want to improve public services, reform laws and regulations, guarantee human rights, get a fairer deal for those on the sharp end, achieve greater recognition for any number of issues, or simply be treated with respect. Striking then, that not many universities have a Department of Change Studies, to which...
Report back from a meeting of international NGOs to set up a research and practice network on 'Doing Development Differently' that can complement other actors
Adaptive Management looks like it’s here to stay. Here’s why that matters.Green, D. - 2016, December 8 - From Poverty to Power
First installment of reflections on my US trip. This is on the rise of adaptive management approaches in USAID, and some of the questions it raises
The context v intervention 2x2 | From Poverty to PowerGreen, D. - 2016, December 9 - From Poverty to Power
Lots of discussion on my US trip around the strengths/weaknesses of the context v intervention 2x2 that suggests particular theories of change acc to situation
Old Wine in New Bottles? 6 ways to tell if a programme is really ‘doing development differently’Green, D. - 2018, November 13 - From Poverty to Power
Some top adaptive management exponents give their top tips on how to distinguish spin from reality, when looking at an avowedly AM programme
Theories of Change for Promoting Empowerment and Accountability in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings (No. 499; IDS Working Paper)Green, D. - 2017 - IDS
This paper explores the current state of thinking among a range of aid actors (multilaterals, bilateral, applied scholars and international non-governmental organisations) on how to promote empowerment and accountability in fragile, conflict and violence affected settings. It seeks to identify trends, gaps and weaknesses in that thinking, and propose research questions and hypotheses to test. Three underlying sources of confusion are identified that are hindering progress on both...
What is different about how INGOs do Adaptive Management/Doing Development Differently?Green, D. - 2019, February 8 - From Poverty to Power
Rules of Thumb – good idea or double-edged sword?Green, D. - 2020, October 1 - From Poverty to Power
A recent conversation with a good governance programme in Myanmar tried to identify its underlying rules of thumb. Was that a good idea?
What are the Simple Rules that guide our Strategies?Green, D. - 2019, November 21 - From Poverty to Power
A management treatise on 'simplre rules' for companies facing unpredictable situations could provide useful guidance to aid organizations
Book Review: ‘Thinking and Working Politically in Development’Green, D. - 2020, September 4 - From Poverty to Power
Review of a new book that explores the 'secret sauce' of Coalitions for Change - an unusually successful governance programme in the Philippines
A smart new report explores how a good idea - theories of change - is distorted by the way it is implemented in the aid sector
A top Toolkit on Adaptive Management. But is that a good idea? – FP2PGreen, D. - 2021, April 20 - From Poverty to Power
How to do Adaptive Management in 15 easy steps – from a top new toolkit – FP2PGreen, D. - 2021, April 21 - From Poverty to Power
Thinking and working politically: What have we learned since 2013? – FP2PGreen, D. - 2022, February 1 - From Poverty to Power
It’s always a red letter day when a new paper from Graham Teskey drops. His most recent is Thinking and working politically: What have we learned since 2013? For those that don’t know him, Graham is a consummate insider-outsider within the aid sector – long stints at DFID (UK), DFAT (Australia) and now Abt (Management Consultants). From this vantage point he has been one of the leading proponents of ‘thinking and working politically’, always ready to call out the hand-wavey academics and...
Second (and Third) Thoughts on Adaptive Management and Thinking and Working PoliticallyGreen, D. - 2022, April 6 - From Poverty to Power
Self-Critical reflections on AM and TWP. Linking it with The Hype Cycle - "it feels like we are heading downward to the ‘trough of disillusionment’ form the initial peak of ‘inflated expectations’, but we will bounce back to something more sustained, that becomes a permanent feature of the aid landscape".
From poverty to power: how active citizens and effective states can change the world (Second edition)Green, D. - 2012
From Poverty to Power From Poverty to Power argues that a radical redistribution of power, opportunities, and assets rather than traditional models of charitable or government aid is required to break the cycle of poverty and inequality. The forces driving this transformation are active citizens and effective states. Published in association with Oxfam GB. Full description
Adaptive Programming in Fragile, Conflict and Violence-Affected Settings, What Works and Under What Conditions?: The Case of Pyoe Pin, Myanmar (Action for Empowerment and Accountability Research Programme)Christie, A., & Green, D. - 2018 - Itad, Oxfam and IDS
This paper examines adaptive approaches in aid programming in a fragile, conflict and violence-affected setting (FCVAS), namely Myanmar. A combination of desk review and field research has been used to examine some of the assertions around the ‘adaptive management’ approach, which has arisen in recent years as a response to critiques of overly rigid, pre-designed, blue-print and linear project plans. This paper explores if and how adaptive approaches, including rapid learning and planning...
Adaptive Programming in Fragile, Conflict and Violence-Affected Settings, What Works and Under What Conditions?: The Case of Institutions for Inclusive Development, Tanzania (Action for Empowerment and Accountability Research Programme)Green, D., & Guijt, I. - 2019 - Itad, Oxfam and IDS
Adaptive Management involves a dynamic interaction between three elements: delivery, programming and governance. This case study focuses on a large DfID governance project, the Institutions for Inclusive Development (I4ID), a five-year initiative in Tanzania. The study forms part of a research project to examine whether and how adaptive approaches can strengthen aid projects promoting empowerment and accountability in fragile, conflict and violence-affected settings (FCVAS). The research...
The Case for an Adaptive Approach to Empowerment and Accountability Programming in Fragile Settings: Synthesis report (Action for Empowerment and Accountability Research Programme)Christie, A., & Green, D. - 2018 - Itad, Oxfam and IDS
Fragile, conflict and violence-affected settings (FCVAS) are messy and ambiguous contexts in which to plan and implement development initiatives. To work there, external actors are increasingly adopting an adaptive approach to empowerment and accountability (E&A) programming, whatever the setting. This means using a compass rather than map, where real-time political economy analysis (PEA) in relation to context and programme monitoring and evidence-informed learning in relation to...
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