Unity of Ants

Can aid agencies help systems fix themselves?

If economic development is a property of a complex adaptive system then what, if anything, can development agencies and NGOs do to accelerate it? Read the full post »
The roots of the Banyan Forest

Is ‘the struggle’ the baby or the bathwater?

If there is value in the process of iteration and adaptation that people and organisations go through, then might development cooperation which tries to bypass that struggle do more harm than good? Read the full post »
A measuring tape superimposed on the English countryside

Learning By Measuring in Practice

How NGOs and service delivery organisations can be empowered by better use of data to improve public service delivery. Read the full post »
The cover of the book "Aid on the Edge of Chaos" by Ben Ramalingam

Is this the science of delivery?

Ben Ramalingam’s book, Aid on the Edge of Chaos, which is published this week, may be the clearest answer we have yet to Jim Kim’s call for a “science of delivery”. Read the full post »
A still from a video showing Jim Kim in a white leather jacket, dancing

Science to Deliver, but no ‘Science of Delivery’

Delivery requires iteration and adaptation rather than a "science". Perhaps the time has come for a Manifesto for Agile Development? Read the full post »
A home-made toaster, looking like a melted toaster

Complexity and development

Here is the video of my lecture on Complexity and Development, given in Washington DC on February 5th, 2013. Read the full post »
A fitness landscape

If development is complex, is the results agenda bunk?

Owen Barder and Ben Ramalingam look at the implications of complexity for the trend towards results-based management in development cooperation. They argue that complexity provides a powerful reason for pursuing the results agenda, but it has to be done in ways which reflect the context. Read the full post »