Theory of Change

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    Local Politics, Conflict Resolution and Access to Justice Programming in the JSRP’s Research Sites

Local Politics, Conflict Resolution and Access to Justice Programming in the JSRP’s Research Sites

In this blog, Tom Kirk and Danielle Stein explore the JSRP’s research on conflict resolution initiatives in Nepal, the Philippines and Timor-Leste. They argue that although well intentioned, programme implementers’ failures to understand how conflict resolution and the provision of justice is connected to local politics creates room for unintended consequences that can work against their aims.

In recent years, […]

Promoting Social Accountability in Cambodia

Marija Babović and Danilo Vuković overview their recent study of a social accountability programme in Cambodia. They argue future initiatives ought to be grounded in and tailored around citizens’ real interests, taking into account the country’s restrictive patronage based political environment as one of the key variables.   During October and November several protests related to land disputes have taken place in the Cambodian capital Phnom […]

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    The Democratic Credentials of a Hybrid Institutional Framework

The Democratic Credentials of a Hybrid Institutional Framework

Based on a historical assessment of conflict management interventions in the Philippines, Jeroen Adam argues that the establishment of hybrid institutions in peace building and post-conflict reconstruction has often followed an authoritarian rationale. It is therefore suggested that NGOs and practitioners carefully examine the democratic credentials of some of the hybrid institutions through which they work and critically interrogate untested […]

Citizen-Led Accountability and Inclusivity in Pakistan

Read Tom Kirk’s new JSRP Paper, ‘Citizen-Led Accountability and Inclusivity in Pakistan’, here.

Abstract: This ‘theory in practice’ paper examines the experiences of citizens groups seeking to hold Pakistan’s elected representatives and governance institutions accountable. A sustained period of democracy, ongoing devolution plans and increasing space for civil society suggest the beginnings of a favourable context to improve the demand […]

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    Six Key Findings on the Use of Theories of Change in International Development

Six Key Findings on the Use of Theories of Change in International Development

By Craig Valters The Theory of Change approach is becoming a pervasive part of development practice: as an artefact, as a management tool, and increasingly as a common discourse which implementers use to explain and explore their interventions. My new JSRP paper, ‘Theories of Change in international development: communication, learning or accountability?’ seeks to address a critical gap in understanding […]

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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 […]

Women’s Experiences of Local Justice: Community Mediation in Sri Lanka

By Ramani Jayasundere and Craig Valters ‘Informal’ justice is increasingly on the international development agenda (for example see here and here), based on the recognition that in many parts of the world, ‘formal’ justice systems are far from the first port of call for citizens with a grievance or dispute. It is estimated that as many as 80-90 per cent of […]

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 […]

The Boundaries of Evidence in Conflict Management and Peacebuilding

By Jeroen Adam In The Asia Foundation’s recent report, “Subnational Conflict and International Development Assistance,” the authors argue that a sustainable solution to the many subnational conflicts plaguing different countries in Asia will ultimately depend on a true political transformation. As explained by the authors, subnational conflicts are rooted in entrenched horizontal inequalities as minority ethnic populations are systematically excluded from access to […]