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The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development: Playing the Game to Change the Rules?

The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development: Playing the Game to Change the Rules?

Book (2015)

Understanding and demonstrating the effectiveness of efforts to improve the lives of those living in poverty is an essential part of international development practice. More details

This is the cover to International Aid and the Making of a Better World.

International Aid and the Making of a Better World

Book (2015)

How can international aid professionals manage to deal with the daily dilemmas of working for the wellbeing of people in countries other than their own? More details

This is the cover for the book, 'Feminists in Development Organizations: Change from the Margins'.

Feminists in Development Organizations: Change from the Margins

This book is aimed at staff of development organizations - who want their organizations to become an instrument in helping transforming the lives of women – and at students and researchers concerned with the politics of gender mainstreaming. More details

IDS Policy Briefing 36: 'Building Relationships in Development Cooperation: Traditional Donors and the Rising Powers'

Building Relationships in Development Cooperation: Traditional Donors and the Rising Powers

IDS Policy Briefing 36 (2013)

Staff working in development agencies from traditional donor countries in the North need to be aware of the ways in which their actions are understood by their counterparts in the rising powers. More details

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Uncovering the Politics of 'Evidence' and 'Results'. A Framing Paper for Development Practitioners

Hard evidence, rigorous data, tangible results, value for money – all are tantalising terms promising clarity for the international development sector. Yet, behind these terms lie definitional tussles, vested interests and contested world views that this background paper to the Politics of Evidence Conference aims to make explicit and question. The aim is to encourage development practitioners to strategize in expanding the politico-bureaucratic space to make room for flexible and creative support of locally-generated and transformative change. More details