If you only read one thing this week…

When Will We Ever Learn? Improving Lives Through Impact Evaluation by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
January 30, 2007, 7:03 pm
Filed under: Development theory, If you have time for longer reading!

The Center for Global Development published a much-talked-about report on monitoring and evaluation – it’s provocative in its analysis and practical in its recommendations. Download the pdf here.

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Storytelling – a way to enhance the way we do our work? by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
January 29, 2007, 9:48 pm
Filed under: Development theory, If you have 30 mins

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation has recently issued a new publication entitled: Story Guide: Building Bridges Using Narrative Techniques. This concise document provides tips and techniques for using story-telling in our work.

Compelling stories can be a way to enhance our regular reporting. They can bring to life the facts and figures provided through our monitoring and evaluation systems. They can help us illustrate with more conviction the lives that hope to impact through our work.

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World Opinion on the US – from bad to worse by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
January 28, 2007, 9:57 pm
Filed under: Articles, If you only have 15 mins

A poll of 26,000 people across 25 countries, by the BBC World Service shows that public attitudes towards the US have deteriorated over the past year. The poll asks questions about six major foreign policy areas. Interestingly the two countries with the most positive attitudes are Nigeria and Poland, while the two most negative are Germany and Indonesia. To read the full report, and to see reports on different regions of the world, click here.

Does aid in war zones do more harm than good? by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
January 16, 2007, 4:06 pm
Filed under: Articles, Development theory, If you have 30 mins, Web sites

The UK newspaper The Observer is running an article (read it here) about a recent series of reports from Tiri, an anti-corruption organization (read them here). The reports are the result of 18 months of research into the integrity dimensions of post war reconstruction. They are published in draft from Afghanistan, Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosovo, Mozambique, Palestine, Sierra Leone and Lebanon. A report on East Timor is forthcoming.

They are pretty scathing, with some press latching onto a figure of 50% of aid money ‘wasted’ in some cases. It only highlights the strong need for accountability and transparency in our work.

The Five Principles of Effective Innovation by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
January 8, 2007, 7:37 pm
Filed under: Articles, If you only have 15 mins

The Center for Creative Leadership (a leadership training outfit) has a fascinating program that it calls ‘Innovators in Residence’, one of these industry leaders has put out a brief paper outlining his thoughts on how organizations can nurture innovation. The paper is here, it’s part of CCL’s newsletter ‘Leading Effectively’.

Climate crisis and development – how climate science and risk reduction are crucial to poverty reduction by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
January 8, 2007, 7:33 pm
Filed under: Development theory, Environment, If you have 30 mins

The Task Force on Climate Change, Vulnerable Communities and Adaptation have put out a great paper that is short, practical and easy to read. It makes the case for combining disaster risk reduction, natural resource management and climate change adaptation in a new approach to the reduction of vulnerability and poverty. Continue reading