Doing data differently: why data standards are political beasts

by Tom Orrell “‘All right’, said Deep Thought. ‘The Answer to the Great Question…’ ‘Yes..!’ ‘Of Life, the Universe and Everything…’ said Deep Thought. ‘Yes..!’ ‘Is…’ ‘Yes..!!!…?’ ‘Forty-two,’ said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm”. Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Devoid of context, numbers have no meaning; that’s the message that the…

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Would you like a how-to guide to make your organization more effective? We recently experimented with online education as a modality to diffuse the essence of PDIA with the long term objective of creating a global community of practice that collaborates, learns, shares and grows together, ultimately leading to more successful development outcomes. Watch the…

What we’ve learned from our first free PDIA online course

by Salimah Samji The broad principles that underpin the PDIA approach to building state capability are gaining traction in development and policy circles. We recently experimented with an online course as a modality to diffuse the essence of PDIA with the long term objective of creating a global community of practice that collaborates, learns, shares…

Between Pragmatism and Structural Change: Future Security and Justice Programming in Difficult Places

By Tom Kirk Lisa Denny and Pilar Domingo at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) recently produced a timely short report on the future of security and justice programming. On the one hand, it responds to a growing movement among development practitioners to seriously consider how political economy analysis (PEA) and problem-driven iterative adaptation (PDIA) approaches…

Resisting the formulaic: measuring the impact of aid on entrepreneurship and development

By Simon White y Simon White on February 24, 2016 There is a high degree of innovation happening in how donor and development agencies promote entrepreneurship and private sector development (PSD) in developing countries. Where once donors and developing country governments provided finance, training and other services directly to nascent enterprises, they now focus on…

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Would you like a how-to guide to make your organization more effective? We are delighted to announce PDIA: Building Capability by Delivering Results, a free two-part experiential online course that will provide you with the necessary frameworks and tools that you need to do PDIA (Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation) in your context. Watch the course…