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Itad Celebrates 30th Anniversary

On Friday 21st November, we celebrated our 30th Anniversary with an event at The Grand Hotel in Brighton – an afternoon of technical talks on Itad, international development and evaluation was followed by a drinks and canapés reception.

Our afternoon of technical talks was kicked off by Itad co-founder, Derek Poate, who reflected on the many transformations …

Impactful Time as an African Employee at Itad

I migrated to the United Kingdom in the last few days of 2006 and saw an Itad advert looking for a Senior Consultant in Health and HIV & AIDS – little did I know that I was on the verge of making history as the “First African Employee” at Itad Limited. I told myself “this is my job”, and I put an application together and sent it.

I was invited for …

Itad takes on the Oxfam Emergency Challenge

‘Anyone up for taking part in Oxfam Emergency Challenge?’ My email said. Great cause, excitement and team effort were the words I was reading in the question. It was sunny afternoon, I was sitting at my desk and the idea of a day spent in the countryside could not have seemed more appealing. I am game. I gave the obvious answer and joined Chris, Ed, Emily, …

60 Seconds with…Susie Bartlett

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Susie had to say…

What’s your job here at Itad?

(Up until very recently) Travel Assistant although I have recently moved to a different role, Project Administrator.

What does that involve?

Booking travel for internal and …

60 Seconds with…Alice Parsons

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Alice had to say:

What’s your job here at Itad?

I started at Itad just over 3 years ago as an Administrative Officer, I now work as the Executive Assistant.

What does that involve?

What doesn’t it involve?! My role is extremely …

60 Seconds with…Giorgia Giambi

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Giorgia had to say:

What’s your job here at Itad?

I work in the Business Development team and I am a Business Development Officer.

What does that involve?

I am mainly responsible for identifying new business opportunities, …

‘Challenging my Perception of Safe’ – Itad goes on HEAT Training

I don’t consider myself a traditional humanitarian aid worker. I’ve never selflessly taken the plunge or been bold enough to take up a job in a hostile and dangerous country. Ghana, Kenya and Mozambique are considered low-risk as compared to many places. Or are they? Today, we are faced with rising environmental, economic and political instability and a growing …

60 Seconds with…Katharina Welle

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Kathi had to say:

What’s your job here at Itad?

I’m a senior consultant working on the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) of water supply, sanitation and hygiene, the use of ICTs in M&E and the CDI.

What does that …

60 Seconds with…Melanie Punton

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Mel had to say:

What’s your job here at Itad?

I’m a cross-cutting consultant, which means I work on a range of projects cutting across several different themes. The common thread is theory based evaluations – I’m working on a …

60 Seconds with…Philippa Tadele

Our ’60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Philippa had to say:

What’s your job here at Itad?

Director, Organisational Development, since 1st July 2014

What does that involve?

The main element is ensuring that we develop the company’s culture and values, with behaviour and …

CDI: Placing values back into impact evaluation?

Earlier this week, we held a fascinating CDI event to explore the role of ethics in impact evaluation. This was a smaller event as a first step towards planning a forthcoming Autumn conference… Watch this space!

One of the core themes to emerge from the day was a focus on how to put values (and people) more at the centre of impact evaluation. Over the past …

30 Years of Results in Development

So, Itad is thirty this year, the same year in which I celebrate my twentieth year at Itad. As I reflect on Itad’s story I also inevitably reflect on my own experiences here.

When I finished my first degree I knew I wanted to get into development but didn’t know in what role. As a graduate agricultural economist I had quite a broad range of options, but it was …

60 Seconds with…Jane Stanton

Our ’60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Jane had to say:

What’s your job here at Itad?

Executive Assistant

What does that involve?

I have worked for Itad since March 2000 and my role has evolved over the years from contracts manager covering projects and personnel, to …

60 Seconds with…Claire Hughes

Our ’60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Claire had to say:

What’s your job here at Itad?

I’m a Principal Consultant at Itad, and I lead our work on Empowerment, Accountability and Gender.  The company provides monitoring and evaluation services so all of the jobs we get …

Beyond 2015: Pathways to a Gender Just World

Last week Itad’s Claire Hughes and Emily Richardson attended ‘Pathways to a Gender Just World’ – a conference that brought together leading feminist academics and activists from around the world. Hosted by the Institute of Development Studies, the presenters and participants discussed the 9 years of research undertaken by the Pathways of Women’s Empowerment …

Capacity Development 2 – Are You Digitally Competent?

In the latest of our blogs on Capacity Development 2 (CD2), Euforic Services’ Pete Cranston asks the question – are you digitally competent?

So you are on the West Manhattan cycleway on your way to work at the mission in the UN and a US airways Airbus A320-200 crash-lands, deafeningly, on the Hudson river beside you.

Being a well-trained diplomat you respond …

Capacity Development 2 – Behavioural Competencies in a Digital World

In the next of our series of blogs on Capacity Development 2 (CD2), Euforic Services’ Pete Cranston looks at behavioural competencies in a digital world.

There can’t be many tenser moments in life than following behind your child as she cycles, more or less steadily, on a main road towards a busy roundabout, and then wobbles as she raises her right arm out to …

Viewing Capacity Development through Four Dimensions of Change

In the previous blog I discussed how systems perspectives and complexity make us view capacity development differently.  This time I want to look at four different dimensions of change identified by our team (Robbie Gregorowski and Mel Punton from Itad, with Itad Associates Cheryl Brown, Pete Cranston, and Isabel Vogel).  Change at the level of the individual is …

Can We Demonstrate the Difference that Norwegian Aid Makes?

Can Norway demonstrate the difference that its aid money makes to the lives of poor people in developing countries?  This is the question that Itad, along with its Norwegian partner CMI, was asked to answer in its ‘root and branch’ evaluation of results measurement within the Norwegian Aid Administration which was launched in Oslo last week.  Based on the …

How systems perspectives make us view capacity development differently

In the previous post, Robbie introduced ‘Capacity Development 2’ or CD2 – a conceptual framework our team developed for drawing together recent thinking on capacity development.  The team (Robbie Gregorowski and Mel Punton from Itad, with Itad Associates Cheryl Brown, Pete Cranston, and Isabel Vogel) identified five core components of a CD2 approach. In this …

Capacity development: how should we reframe it for the digital age?

What’s the latest thinking on capacity development? Do social media and new digital tools play a key role? When Itad was asked to brief the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on these questions we brought together a team of staff and associates – me (Robbie), Cheryl, Isabel, Mel and Pete – whose varied perspectives and expertise helped us develop a conceptual …