Sue Unsworth’s ‘upside down’ view

Sue Unsworth's work provides us a wealth of knowledge on governance and institutional change, stemming largely from her 'upside down' view of the conventional reality of the aid world. Here is a quick peek into some of her work - particularly, insights into how donor-approaches should evolve to engage successfully with politics. Sue's work with …

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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 …

Stories in development

'Instead of encouraging researchers to find out what matters to people, what their cares and concerns are, how they see their lives and what is happening in those lives that development can do something about, they seem to value only that which can be counted.'There's nothing so real as a well-told story. Stories captivate, drawing …

Counter ‘audit culture’: but be sure to get the message right

This was the theme of an event at IDS organised by the PPSC team recently. The participants were concerned about the increasing emphasis on measurable results, which they felt was sometimes at the cost of focusing on 'social transformation'. According to them, the problem isEyben says there are many reasons for the new funding environment which, she argues, fails to …