Do donors need more (and better) Contract Managers to deliver results?

I frequently come across people who say that donors are under increasing pressure to spend more with fewer staff. This usually comes from friends and colleagues that work with donor agencies, or those that interact closely with them. This is supposed to be largely a consequence of pressure from domestic tax-payers, who have refused to …

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Living with the ‘results agenda’, redux

Craig Valters' Devex post, based on yet another newsworthy ICAI report, seems to have somewhat revived the debate over the 'results agenda. The criticism is sharper, castigating DFID for the "unintended effect of focusing attention on quantity of results over their quality" - but also one that clearly implies that the 'results agenda' is not well-understood or …

Politics of Evidence @ IDS

IDS just concluded its 'Politics of Evidence' conference - thankfully having moved from the 'big push-back' to 'the big push forward'. My friend Heather has a summary here. Loving the typical IDS-speak that seems to have dominated the conference! Waiting for an update here from Ros Now, if only a conference such as this could be held …