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We created this MEL system for you, now please own it!

July 14, 2021
Guest post by Tiina Pasanen & Pablo Yanguas External consultants, learning partners or critical friends -whatever we call them- can seldom change the system or organisational (learning) culture from outside. So, how can Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) consultants support real change instead of creating tools or processes that are quickly forgotten without any real institutional ownership? Most development organisations
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A Humanitarian ‘Cheat Sheet’ that should definitely be on your weekly reading list

July 13, 2021
Got some spare slots on the blog at the moment, so thought I would introduce you to my favourite weekly update on all things humanitarian – the Cheat Sheet, from the New Humanitarian magazine. Here’s their latest round-up (or you can listen to the 16m podcast): Rural Afghan women on peace, war, and ‘our role in society’ Greater freedom, better
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Links I Liked

July 12, 2021
Hi everyone, I’m back from hols and tweeting happily, but there’s been a few glitches on the blog still (mainly on the comments) – apologies for that. Hopefully they’re fixed now, but please let me know if you’re having problems. On with the show. I’m no great football/soccer fan, and don’t really understand what’s going on on the pitch (although
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How to build and maintain trust at the interface of policy and research (and some challenges for NGOs)

July 7, 2021
A brilliant recent piece on the LSE Impact blog about the importance and nature of trust in ensuring that research influences policy makers got me thinking about the implications for advocacy organizations. First a slightly truncated version of the piece, then my musings. This from the LSE Impact authors: ‘Trust is often invoked as a key ingredient to establishing effective
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What 6 case studies taught me about how research has impact

June 22, 2021
Here’s a wrap-up piece on what I’ve learned about ‘research for impact’ from a series of interviews on the real-world influence of researchers at the LSE Centre for Public Authority and International Development. This piece was first posted on the LSE Africa blog. Being asked to write impact case studies for the research programme at the Centre for Public Authority and International Development (full
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Links I Liked

June 21, 2021
Posting today and tomorrow then taking a planned (as opposed to enforced) blog break to enjoy the Welsh rain (aka a staycation). Back early July. Lots of interesting stuff on aid quantity and quality (or lack of). The OECD has crunched the Aid numbers for 2020. Sweden, France, Germany, US all stepping up despite falling GDP. UK down at the
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Development Nutshell: round-up (21m) of FP2P posts in June

June 19, 2021
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Should it matter if Research findings are surprising/new?

June 17, 2021
Had an interesting exchange recently during a launch webinar for the new IDS report, Navigating Civic Space in a Time of Covid. The headline finding is: ‘The pandemic brought the suspension of many fundamental freedoms in the name of the public good, providing cover for a deepening of authoritarian tendencies but also spurring widespread civic activism on issues suddenly all
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Sorry for recent hiccups on FP2P – here’s what’s happening

June 15, 2021
Forget last week’s website crash at Amazon or the Guardian, what about FP2P? Not sure if any of you noticed but recently, anyone trying to access this blog got an alarming message saying ‘ ‘Forbidden You don’t have permission to access this resource.’ Yikes. Since then, the techies have been assessing the damage. Turns out the problem is a bit
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What sort of UK aid programme is emerging after the cuts?

June 2, 2021
  Last week I posted a bit of a rant about UK aid cuts. The next day, Ranil Dissanayake had a piece on CGD’s blog looking at what kind of post-cuts aid programme is emerging under the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). It’s brilliant, so I asked to post an abridged version (the original is roughly twice as long).
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Doing anti-corruption democratically

June 1, 2021
  Despite almost 30 years of the global anti-corruption agenda, something is clearly not working. Preparing for this week’s special session of the General Assembly against corruption, the UN has recognized that ‘it has become increasingly clear that measures taken to prevent corruption have been insufficient’. In a new paper for the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Heather Marquette and Franklin
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Links I Liked

May 31, 2021
How to track the national mood? Welcome to the ‘fxckometer’ – ‘number of posts containing the word (or FFS) on Mumsnet’. Turns out it’s highly correlated to school closures. Brilliant and funny from The Economist. Tobacco killed almost 8 million people in 2019 (about the same as the global Covid death toll so far) according to The Lancet. The number
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