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Adaptive programming at scale: a discussion at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

I was in Helsinki last week for a presentation and discussion at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. This was part of the yearly Studia Generalia, a series of seminars organised by the Ministry and the Finnish Society for Development Research where researchers have the opportunity… Read More

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Articles and papers I liked

Here is an image of the beautiful winter we are having in Tampere to accompany the articles and papers I enjoyed reading last week. Duncan Green published When does Tech → Innovation? Here’s what 178 projects tell us. The blog is about a study of… Read More

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Policy content change is one of the types of policy change, but not the only one

There is an interesting exchange mid-way through David Letterman’s interview to President Barack Obama on Netflix.  Letterman asks President Obama about his reflection on policymaking and the role and power that the president actually has.  Obama answer is quite illuminating in terms of the nature of… Read More

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The three components that can help system thinking in development programmes

As I reread Duncan Green’s blog about an interesting conversation we had over a coffee few weeks ago in Brixton (How might a systems approach change the way aid supports the knowledge sector in Indonesia?), it occurred to me that I could add something. ‘Systems’,… Read More

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Doing Development Differently means Doing Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Differently too

Recently, we attended a two-day workshop on ‘Implementing the New Development Agenda: Doing Development Differently (DDD), Thinking and Working Politically (TWP) and Problem Driven Iterative Adaption (PDIA).’ The event was co-organised by the Knowledge Sector Initiative, the KOMPAK programme, and The World Bank in Indonesia… Read More

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On the Indonesian Knowledge Sector: two new working papers

At the Knowledge Sector Initiative we have just published two new working papers on various aspects of the Indonesian Knowledge Sector and on evidence to policy processes, systems, and experiences. I really enjoyed working on these papers. Is Measuring Policy Influence Like Measuring Thin Air? The Experience… Read More

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Cycling to work in Jakarta: can we start to hope?

I wrote this a year or so ago. Being a bicycle commuter in Jakarta, make me think about the wicked hard problem of transportation in this city. Still hoping…. — Even though this is Jakarta, I cycle every day to work. Last week, I think it was Wednesday, I rode my… Read More

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What are we learning when we learn about Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA)? (Part I)

Written by Arnaldo Pellini, Endah Purnawati and Siti Ruhanawati   For the last three weeks I have met on with two colleagues, Ana and Endah, to discuss PDIA. We are going through the modules of the PDIA: Building Capability by Delivering Results – Part I online… Read More

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On demand and use of evidence in policy making: very interesting experiences from South Africa

I just want to share three very interesting papers on demand and use of evidence processes and systems written in collaboration by colleagues of the RAPID team in ODI and government officials. Understanding the organisational context for evidence-informed policy-making Louise Shaxson, Ajoy Datta, Mapula Tshangela and Bongani Matomela… Read More