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Considerations on where and when sanctions fit into the conception of social accountability is a nudge toward better and more granular descriptions of what work is being undertaken effectively in which situations.
Webinar - Practicing Thinking and Working Politically (TWP): Voices from the FieldSID - 2020, July 22 - Society for International Development.
Current thinking on effective international development interventions highlights the importance of “thinking and working politically” (TWP). Among the emerging lessons of experience is that thinking politically, using tools such as political economy analysis, is more easily undertaken than working politically. How can the two pillars of TWP be effectively integrated? What challenges exist and how have practitioners confronted them? This session focuses on listening to voices from the...
Over lockdown there were a lot of tantrums in our household. The tears and tussles were at a dramatic high when the schools closed, and…
The Politics of Uncertainty : Challenges of TransformationScoones, I., Stirling, A., & Stirling, A. - 2020 - Routledge
Why is uncertainty so important to politics today? To explore the underlying reasons, issues and challenges, this book’s chapters address finance and banking,
Webinar - Sustainability Ready: what it takes to support & measure lasting changeCekan, J. - 2020, July 7 - Valuing Voices
On June 24th under GLocal’s UNConference, “Co-creating our future stories of hope and action”, Jindra Cekan, Holta Trandafili, and Isabella Jean presented their work on sustainability evaluations and exit strategies via local voices. We chaired a 2-hour discussion session on the following topics: Sustainability of global development projects and exit from them, The importance of valuing local partners’ and participants’ voices, How to embed ex-post evaluation of sustainability into the...
Opportunities and challenges for local leadership
Big Data to Data Science -Moving from “What” to “How” in the MERL Tech Space (p. 20)Bertermann, K., Robinson, A., Bamberger, M., … Raftre, L. - 2020 - MERL Tech
This paper probes trends in the use of big data by a community of early adopters working in monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) in the development and humanitarian sectors. Qualitative analysis was conducted on data from MERL Tech conference records and key informant interviews. Findings indicate that MERL practitioners are in a fragmented, experimental phase, with use and application of big data varying widely, accompanied by shifting terminologies. We take an in-depth...
Emerging Technologies and Approaches in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning for International Development Programs (p. 20)Bruce, K., Gandhi, V. J., & Vandelanotte, J. - 2020 - MERL Tech
Emerging technology is making monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) more precise and enriching data. However, this evolution is so rapid that it can be difficult to stay informed about the field overall. This paper presents examples of emerging technology that are most often used in MERL for development programs, describes the pros and cons of their use, and discusses technology and ethics concerns that practitioners should keep in mind. The paper covers new types of data...
Innovation for Development Impact: Lessons from the OECD Development Assistance CommitteeOECD - 2020 - OECD
The development co-operation community needs to innovate to meet the global challenges ahead. Although it has an established track record for innovating partnerships, funding instruments and technologies, they are not enough to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. This report synthesises the lessons emerging from an OECD Development Assistance Committee peer learning exercise on how innovation efforts can be strengthened, individually and collectively, to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The...
Reflection on how DFID was created.
Looking for a way out of aid’s pre-pandemic mess? A model based on cakeBaguios, A. - 2020, June 12 - From Poverty to Power
Arbie Baguios presents his ideas on how to reform the aid system
Thinking and working politically with technology: State of the art meets art of the stateThampi, G., & Nixon, N. - 2020, June 5 - From Poverty to Power
Based on its work in Sri Lanka, The Asia Foundation argues for greater attention to the local political dynamics into which digital solutions are introduced
What We Know About Traditional MERL Tech - Insights from a Scoping Review (p. 27)Tilton, Z., Harnar, M., Raftree, L., … Behr, M. - 2020 - Western Michigan University
This paper explores the peer-reviewed evidence base of “traditional” technology-enabled monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL Tech) in international development assistance from 2015 to 2019. The authors conducted a scoping review that searched seven databases, screened 3,054 reference titles and abstracts, coded 886 abstracts, and extracted and analyzed conclusions and recommendations from the full texts of 256 studies. The findings reveal the most frequently reported...
Smart Implementation of complex change processesBeier, C., & Kirsch, R. - 2020 - Global Solutions Journal, 5, 206–211
Cooperation management facilitates the recoupling of progress toward sustainable development
Uncertainty and COVID-19: A turning point for Monitoring Evaluation, Research and Learning? - A discussion note for aid actors, policymakers and practitionersTyrrel, L., Roche, C., & Jackson, E. - 2020 - Abt Associates
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly shifted the context in which aid and development is being delivered. The global scale of the pandemic and the speed at which it is spreading mean that the ‘normal’ economic, ideological and organisational influences which shape (if not determine) aid delivery are in flux. This means that – for a relatively short-period – there is scope for aid actors to work collectively to embed more locally-led, politically-informed and adaptive forms of MERL in aid...
Few topics inspire as much confusion and debate as systemic change. What is it? How do you measure it? Does it even matter? Assessing changes in systems might be more doable than you think. This webinar explored a back-to-basics approach to assessing system change. In November 2019, thirty results measurement specialists, managers and consultants got together in Bangkok. They took part in workshops on a back-to-basics approach to assessing system changes, applying it to cases from...
Deciding Well in Tumultuous TimesMoss, I. D. - 2020, April 24 - Smarter Decisions for a Better World
Practical advice for donors and institutions responding to COVID-19
In September of 2014, USAID’s Office of Learning, Evaluation & Research (LER) awarded the Learning and Knowledge Management (LEARN) contract to Dexis Consulting Group and subcontractor RTI International.1 This document—the End of Contract Report—captures five and half years of results and reflections for our stakeholders. Our intention is to share the good and the bad, and while this report would not be considered a “tell all,” we think we have a story worth sharing, particularly to USAID...
How Do Donor-led Empowerment and Accountability Activities Take Scale into Account? Evidence from DFID Programmes in Contexts of Fragility, Conflict and Violence (Working Paper No. 536)Anderson, C., Fox, J., & Gaventa, J. - 2020 - IDS
Development donors invest significantly in governance reform, including in contexts characterised by conflict and fragility. However, there is relatively little comparative study of their change strategies, and little understanding of what works and why. This paper explores the strategies of six recent DFID-funded programmes in Mozambique, Myanmar, and Pakistan with empowerment and accountability aims. Document review and field interviews are used to analyse the application of multi-scalar...
Adaptive leadership in the coronavirus response (p. 8) [Briefing note]Ramalingam, B., Wild, L., & Ferrari, M. - 2020 - ODI
The coronavirus pandemic poses unprecedented challenges to science, policy and the interface between the two. How – and how quickly – policy-makers, practitioners and researchers react to this emerging and complex crisis is making a profound difference to people’s lives and livelihoods (WHO, 2020). But how can we ensure effective collective decision-making on the basis of emerging evidence, changing trends and shifting scientific understanding, all in the face of considerable uncertainty?...
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