TWP blast from the past: Birmingham, 2007

TWP blast from the past: Birmingham, 2007

Lockdown 'holiday' activity includes all sorts of fun activities - baking banana-chocolate chip muffins, taking our usual family walk and cleaning out my computer folders. The latter can be a bit like career archaeology, and I found this beauty buried deep in a folder. In January 2007, I organised a conference called 'Making Politics Practical: [...]

New policy brief out on Uganda, health & bribery

New policy brief out on Uganda, health & bribery

Want to learn more about how bribery for health services in Uganda reduced dramatically from 2011 to 2015? Have a look at this new policy brief about Uganda's health sector as a 'hidden' positive outlier in bribery reduction. Full paper here.      

Oil reform in Nigeria: The ups and downs of channel-hopping programme delivery

Oil reform in Nigeria: The ups and downs of channel-hopping programme delivery

Originally posted on the DLP Opinions blog, with Elisa Lopez Lucia, Joanna Buckley and Neil McCulloch. Image: Work in the Niger Delta (Cristiano Zingale) ‘Thinking and Working Politically’ (TWP) has been gaining traction in development programming, given its premise that programming teams can maximise the possibility of real impact if they can get the ‘politics’ right. But [...]

Do donors have realistic expectations of their staff when it comes to ‘thinking and working politically’?

Do donors have realistic expectations of their staff when it comes to ‘thinking and working politically’?

Originally posted on the DLP Opinions blog In a recent guest post for Duncan Green, ODI's Alina Rocha Menocal asks whether learning to 'think politically' is like learning a new language. It's a great analogy and one that should be taken seriously. As she points out, in order to learn this new language - incentives, [...]