Moving from Theory to Practice on Political Approaches to Development: Case Studies from Afghanistan, Nepal and the Philippines
October 18, 2010 — On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, The Asia Foundation and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace co-hosted a conference entitled, “Moving from Theory to Practice on Political Approaches to Development: Case Studies from Afghanistan, Nepal and the Philippines.”
Speakers and commentators included: William Cole, Asia Foundation Senior Director for Governance; Thomas Carothers, Carnegie Endowment Vice President for Studies; Letitia Butler, Acting Director of Policy in the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning at USAID; Gordon Hein, Asia Foundation Vice President for Programs; George Varughese, Asia Foundation Country Representative in Nepal and immediate past Representative in Afghanistan; and Steven Rood, Asia Foundation Country Representative for the Philippines.
In order to shed light on the political economy approach to development, which includes going beyond analyses of the political context to incorporating political insights into the substance of aid programming, three countries were discussed that represent conflict (Afghanistan), immediate post-conflict (Nepal) and peace process (the Philippines) scenarios.
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