A top Toolkit on Adaptive Management. But is that a good idea?

In recent years, I’ve been one of a crowd of people thinking and pontificating about ‘adaptive management’. The debate has been rather dominated by academics and thinktankers, fond of hand-waving generalizations and rather better at taking down the bad stuff that suggesting what might replace it. In those conversations, Graham Teskey has played the role […]

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‘When a single cartoon sums up decades of data’ ht Adam Grant Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine research ‘was 97% publicly funded’. What about the other vaccines? At least AZ is waiving profits, unlike the others. A fresh approach to visual communications in development: allow me to illustrate. Nice piece by Isabelle Kermeen The Way We Access […]

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Development Nutshell: round-up (17m) of FP2P posts, w/b 12th April

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Does Local Advocacy look different in Fragile/Conflict affected places? Summary of new ebook

Continuing on the theme of how aid agencies can work better in fragile and conflict affected settings (FCAS), there’s a new e-book (Advocacy in Context) looking at the work of national NGOs in South Sudan, Nigeria, Burundi, Central African Republic and Afghanistan. The researchers, Margit van Wessel, Wenny Ho, Edwige Marty and Peter Tamas, talked […]

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Beyond political will – how leadership makes a difference on water and sanitation

Guest post by water policy consultant Henry Northover (twitter: @Henrynorthover) I’ve sat through too many presentations in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector that end with the neat conclusion: “all that’s needed is greater political will”.  Thank you and goodnight!  And this comes from a sector that’s pretty well-served by high level statements of […]

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How has Covid changed the picture on Aid/Development Jobs?

Guest post by Tom Kirk For the last few years, I’ve co-delivered an MA module on influencing, activism and campaigning with Duncan at the LSE. For the last lecture, we always ask students what two topics they would like us to delve into in more depth. They’ve plumped for everything from leadership and how INGOs […]

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Worsening food crisis in Tigray as hunger is used as a weapon of war (powerful interview with Alex de Waal) amid attempts to erase its identity Some of the excellent websites, podcasts, blogs social media accounts and activism campaigns run by students, staff and alumni from my LSE Department (International Development) Backlash against aid cuts […]

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Development Nutshell: round-up (22m) of FP2P posts, w/b 29th March and 5th April

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Programming in Chaos. Why I think we’ve been getting it wrong.

I’ve been bouncing some ideas around with Irene Guijt on how aid agencies can/should work in what we call ‘fragile and conflict-affected settings’ (FCAS). This matters because FCAS are where a lot of the aid business (both donors and INGOs) will end up, as more stable countries grow their way out of aid dependence (and […]

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Book Review: The Moral Economy of Elections in Africa

I love it when a book nails something that’s been lurking at the back of my mind, but never pinned down. The Moral Economy of Elections in Africa, by Nic Cheeseman, Gabrielle Lynch and Justin Willis, does just that. It explores the gulf between how politicians (and not just in Africa) see themselves (motivated by […]

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