Diversity and Complexity

Monday, January 9th, 2012

by Scott Page, 2011. Available on Google Books Princeton University Press, 14/07/2011 - 296 pages Abstract: This book provides an introduction to the role of diversity in complex adaptive systems. A complex system--such as an economy or a tropical ecosystem--consists of interacting adaptive entities that produce dynamic patterns and structures. Diversity ...

Measuring Results: A GSDRC Topic Guide

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Available as linked pages on the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC), website as of August 2011 The guide is designed to provide a quick and easy way for development professionals to keep in touch with key debates and critical issues in the field of monitoring and evaluation. It will ...

The Clash of the Counter-bureaucracy and Development

Friday, October 1st, 2010

"In this essay, Andrew Natsios describes what he sees as the most disruptive obstacles to development work in agencies such as USAID: layers and layers of bureaucracy. He gives a first-hand account of how this “counter-bureaucracy” disfigures USAID’s development practice and even compromises U.S. national ...

The Big Push Back (and push forward)

Monday, September 27th, 2010

"On the 22nd September, Rosalind Eyben organised a meeting of some seventy development practitioners and researchers worried about the current trend for funding organisations to support only those programmes designed to deliver easily measurable results, although these may not support transformative processes of positive and sustainable changes in people’s lives. Following ...

Measuring Results for Dutch Development Aid, Approaches and Future Directions

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Date: October 4-7, 2010 Venue: Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The International Institute of Social Studies and The Amsterdam Institute for International Development invite applications / submissions for a training and conference event on Measuring Results for Dutch Development Aid, Approaches and Future Directions with financial support from the Policy and Operations Evaluation ...