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LSE podcasts I liked

Being back in Finland and having to fix things in the house has given me an opportunity to listen again to the always very interesting  LSE Public Lecture podcasts. The effects and implications of Brexit and the election of President Trump dominate the discussion at… 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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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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Ten years have passed since the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change: how are we doing?

Listening to a lecture of Nicholas Stern feels like being on the USS Enterprise travelling at warp speed, such is the scale of the consequences linked to climate change and global warming he describes. This is how I felt when listening to his LSE public… Read More

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The ‘demand’ side of evidence-based policy making: why and how. Two great days of discussion and sharing in London

Originally posted on Evidence in Action:
By Arnaldo Pellini Lead – K2P Learning at the Knowledge Sector Initiative and Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute This blog originally appeared on the Knowledge Sector Initiative webpage.           Views expressed are the author’s own…

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What does data innovation mean for traditional social science research?

Pulse Lab Jakarta posted today on Medium a blog I have written with Andrew Thornley about the implication for social science research of data innovation. Hope you enjoy reading it. Data innovation and data analytics offer an unprecedented opportunity for expanding the sources of evidence… Read More

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Blog post on Doing Development Differently

DDD and large programmes: possible? Posted with Budiati Prasetiamartati a blog that discusses how approaches to complex social problems often start on the wrong foot, because they prescribe solutions and promise results. The Doing Development Differently (DDD) community instead advocates for something slightly different: to… Read More

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Doing Development Differently, 30 years ago

I was sixteen when the excerpts I post below were published. For thirty-two years (and probably longer than that)  development practitioners, researchers, academics, experts, technocrats, civil servants, elected officials have tackled the uncertainty of development processes. The answer thirty-two years ago as well as today seems to be… Read More

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#data4policy conference in Bali: two days about pushing the boundaries of data innovation and policy making

In 2004 the Overseas Development Institute organized a seminar in London to discuss the following question: Does Evidence Matter? One of the speakers was Vince Cable, at that time the shadow minister for trade and industry with the Lib Dem party. Cable spoke at that workshop… Read More