What I’m reading this month: April 2019 edition

We had so many entries this month from other DFID colleagues that I limited the number of items I added to the email list, saving some goodies for next month. Southern Rail journeys (papers/journal articles/longer thought pieces)  Julian Barbera, Thinking and working politically in the Vanuatu skills sector: supporting local leadership and building a political... Continue Reading →

How does politically informed programming shape development outcomes?

Originally posted on the DLP Opinions blog With Niheer Dasandi and Mark Robinson Many well-intentioned development programmes founder in the face of resistance from entrenched elites who feel threatened by a potential loss of power and resources. Resources intended for the poor and disadvantaged benefit the rich and powerful. In response, development practitioners and academics... Continue Reading →

What are governance advisers missing with ‘Political Economy Analysis’? How can they do better?

From a restaurant in Jakarta, David Hudson & Heather Marquette with some new thinking on power, politics and governance What advice would you give to a novice governance advisor working for a bilateral donor going into the field for the first time? Want to know how some of the top governance experts, advisors, researchers and... Continue Reading →

Reforming FIFA: what can we learn from experience with (other) corrupt autocrats?

This guestie comes from Birmingham University’s Paul Jackson and Heather Marquette. Acres (how many football pitches-worth, we wonder) have been written about the footballing earthquake that followed the arrest of several FIFA officials and the melodramatic end of Sepp Blatter’s reign. But here’s another angle. In the world of development politics there are striking parallels between... Continue Reading →

Communicating anti-corruption messages in development

Originally posted on the OECD's Institutions & Stability blog Development cooperation partners are increasingly asked by their constituencies to show that they give value for money. The financial crisis has hit public agencies around the world hard, and many countries have cut their development cooperation budgets. Under these circumstances, development practitioners are under strong pressure from... Continue Reading →

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