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Pedro Prieto Martín

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Pedro Prieto Martín is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, where he co-convenes the MA in Poverty and Development. He is a member of the Digital and Technology Cluster, and the Participation, Inclusion and Social Change Cluster. His activist-researcher work has focused on the areas of Open Government, Human Centred Design and in digital practices, tools and methods for accountability, citizen engagement and social change.

Pedro’s academic background includes degrees in Computer Science, Business Administration and Sociology. Pedro worked for six years for Hewlett-Packard in Germany, as Technical Lead of a B2B platforms development team. Afterwards, he researched for a year on Participatory Budgeting and ICT for social change in Brazil, and for four years in Guatemala, working on Municipal Participation and Transparency. In Spain, he supported and researched at the local level, the social mobilisation processes that resulted from the “indignados”/15M movement around new political parties.

At IDS he as done work on the application of Frontier Technologies to development challenges, on adaptive management in the context of ICT for governance initiatives, and he is currently leading the communications and outreach workstream of the USAID/DFID “Global Learning on Adaptive Management” programme.

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Adaptiveness through ‘simplest tools and practices’

In recent years, more and more influential development organisations have been openly recognising the central role that adaptive management capacities – the ability to keep improving strategies and actions as programmes unfold – play for the success of complex interventions. As a result,...

13 November 2017


On doing the right thing right

If the assumptions and plans you established for your project prove to be wrong... how do you know which are the right things to do? And then, how do you make sure you do them right? You often need to learn very quickly about what works and what doesn’t in the context where you operate, and...

4 January 2017



Adaptive Management in SDC: Challenges and Opportunities

Adaptive management (AM) is a programme management approach that helps international development organisations to become more learning-oriented and more effective in addressing complex development challenges. AM practices have been applied for decades within other sectors as varied as...

17 February 2020

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