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 … Continue reading Sue Unsworth’s ‘upside down’ view
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 … Continue reading Politics of Evidence @ IDS
Last week, word spread that Naveen Patnaik and his entourage were cancelling a talk at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex. There were about ten news articles on this and being an IDS alum, this caught my eye of course. Apparently, a couple of rights groups and students had decided to ask a few … Continue reading Naveen Patnaik’s eventful UK trip
Simon Maxwell mulls on the future of 'development studies' here. This post is not on that subject. One of the links in the article is a tribute to Robert Chambers written in 1993, worth reading in full, many times over and from time to time. Some excerpts -...Robert's vision of poverty is not the poverty of … Continue reading Simon Maxwell on Robert Chambers
'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 … Continue reading Stories in development
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 … Continue reading Counter ‘audit culture’: but be sure to get the message right
Context matters!...definitions of 'improved' are contested and controversial and do not take into account cultural and local perceptions of what works or not. Many toilets built in the course of Community Led Total Sanitationinterventions would not count as 'improved' because they may just be pits in the ground, and not with slabs or pour flushes. … Continue reading Measuring improved sanitation?