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Doing development differently: two years on, what are we learning?

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On 17 November 2016, ODI, in collaboration with the Building State Capability program at Harvard University, convened a private workshop bringing together a number of actors from academia, civil society, and donors, to look at how the adaptive development agenda has been put into practice throughout the world. We attempted to draw out some lessons learnt, and chart a way forward for both actors already working in this space, and for actors new to and interested in how to do development differently.

Please find below photos, videos, and a document which summarises ODI's work on this issue over the last two years.

Note: the videos are presented in a playlist. You can select an individual video from the dropdown menu in the top-left of the box. The following videos are available:

  • Leni Wild (ODI)
  • Lant Pritchett (Harvard Kennedy School)
  • Jonathan Beloe (IRC)   
  • Taylor Brown (Palladium)
  • Duncan Green (Oxfam)
  • Panthea Lee (Reboot)
  • Salimah Samji (Harvard University) and Jonida Pone (Ministry of Urban Development, Albania)   
  • Richard Butterworth (DFID)
  • Lena Ingelstam (Sida)
  • Natalia Adler (UNICEF)

Following from this, we’ve put together Doing development differently: who we are, what we're doing and what we're learning. This includes short submissions from over forty community members explaining how they have been putting the DDD principles into practice, what the challenges have been and what they’re learnt from this. These cover a wide range of experience, from ‘Working against the tide’ to ‘Diffusion’, with ‘Working in and with government’, ‘Feedback loops and data’, and ‘Organisational change’ in between. Many thanks to everyone who contributed.

We’re also happy to share three video compilations of short interviews with several of our workshop panellists covering similar themes: