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    Conference at LSE: Can Politics and Evidence Work Together in International Development?

Conference at LSE: Can Politics and Evidence Work Together in International Development?

Can Politics and Evidence Work Together in International Development? Insights from Security and Justice Programmes in Conflict-Affected Areas
1.30 – 6.30, Tuesday July 1st 2014, Room 4.02, Clement House, LSE
‘Working politically’ and ‘evidence-based policy’ often co-exist as buzzwords within development discourse and policy documents, but can they genuinely complement each other in practice, since the requirements, and timelines, of rigorous evidence production […]

Can ‘Context-Specific’ Security Programming Handle the Reality of Dynamic Circumstances?

By Mareike Schomerus This piece originally appeared as part of ODI’s Development Progress series ‘What role for security in development progress?’. It’s an easy point to make: current programmes on security and development do not pay enough attention to context. I myself have tried to land that punch during past discussions. Now I cringe when I hear about ‘context-sensitivity’ because […]

Making the Evidence Agenda in Development More Plausible

By Mareike Schomerus “What is the evidence?” This must be the most common question in development programming and policy these days. Donors are pressing practitioners to present evidence that their programming approaches are working – themselves under pressure to show measurable results and the evidence for those. At the same time, while the question about evidence is commonplace, there is no […]

Research Effectiveness: The Case of the Mindanao Conflict

By Steven Rood Research is most useful for development practitioners when it is embedded in the entire endeavor, directing and directed by actions and reflections throughout implementation, rather than being something done initially to design a project and at the end to evaluate it. The root of The Asia Foundation’s conflict management initiatives in the Philippines was a decision in […]

Getting Academics and Aid Workers to Work Together

By Matthew B. Arnold Aid workers and academics would seem natural collaborators. Development studies courses are common and it is routine to find academics who oscillate between the academy and the field as aid workers. In turn, the aid world often calls upon academics to provide expert advice and looks to their literature for guidance. Overall, though, the relationship is […]

Embracing the Edge of Chaos

By Tom Kirk LONDON – I recently had the pleasure of visiting the plush ODI offices for the launch of Ben Ramalingam’s new book Aid on the Edge of Chaos. The book offers a fierce critique of mainstream aid and development paradigms, and suggests lessons should be learned from complexity science. Its argument is backed up by an impressive haul […]

Measuring development’s ‘ions’


When it comes to measuring ions, natural scientists have it easier than those working in international development. In natural science, defining ions and determining whether one is negative or positive is a basic process. The ‘ions’ of development are much more difficult to define or measure, yet are as fundamental to the process as the ions of nature.
Ion 1: […]