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The Civil Society Learning Forum, Ghana

Recently, Chris Barnett and I were pleased to participate in the Civil Society Learning Forum (CSLF) in Ghana. This event, organised by Coffey – the lead partner on our STAR-Ghana project, was a follow-up to the Pan-Africa Civil Society Learning Event (PACSLE), which I helped organise in Nairobi last year. The event brought together DFID-funded programmes from …

Publication on Social Accountability and Corruption

Last month, I placed a publication on social accountability mechanisms’ potential to reduce corruption in public administration in the journal Public Administration & Development.

The article is a comparative case study analysis with cases from Uganda, Tanzania and India. It tries to better understand why some of the social accountability mechanisms assessed …

Helping improve the way in which Value for Money is measured and communicated

The UK government has in recent years given increasing attention to making sure public resources are being used efficiently and effectively to deliver results. This has become of particular importance with the overseas aid budget where, in a climate of government cutbacks, the Department of International Development’s (DFID) budget has gradually increased towards a …

Global Health Diplomacy at the Rockefeller Foundation Center in Bellagio, Italy

Last week I spent a fascinating few days attending a conference supported by the Rockefeller foundation and DFID at Rockerfeller’s famous Belagio Center – an exquisite venue situated on the banks of Lake Como in northern Italy….I know, I know it was a hard gig to justify in the office…and at home!!

The topic of the conference was global health, more …

Governance, Experiments and their Limitations

Earlier this week, I was at a day of the Experiments in Governance and Politics (EGAP) conference in London, with participants from DFID, the World Bank, USAID and several highly respected universities. While the focus was on the emerging experimental evidence in this field, I rather conversely found myself not so much admiring the quality of the research (which was …

DFID Minister launches new programme for Girls and Women in Nigeria

International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone was in Abuja and Kano last week. While there, she announced the formal launch of DFID’s new Voices for Change (V4C) programme. Itad is in a consortium with GRM, Social Development Direct and the Nigerian NGO Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) to design and manage this …

Reflections on the recent Centre for Development Impact conference

At the recent joint IDS-Itad Centre for Development Impact (CDI) conference – Impact, Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future, I was very struck by Ole Winckler-Andersson’s characterisation of an ‘evaluation market’ and an imperfect one at that.

With some (but by no means all) of evaluation’s usual suspects in the …

Impact, Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future

A number of us very recently attended the first conference of the joint IDS-Itad Centre for Development Impact (CDI) – Impact, Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future – held at IDS.

This was a valuable opportunity to reflect on the status of development evaluation and discuss key areas for innovation and learning in the …

New results measurement handbook for market development

Itad has recently completed a Results Measurement Handbook for the Growth & Employment in States (GEMS) project in Nigeria. GEMS is a Nigerian employment initiative supported by Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment (FMTI) and funded by the World Bank and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

The project is aimed at job …