Notes from the Field

Notes from the Field

Making the Evidence Agenda in Development More Plausible

December 18, 2013

“What is the evidence?” This must be the most common question in development programming and policy these days. Donors are pressing practitioners to present evidence that their programming approaches are working – themselves under pressure to show measurable results and the evidence for those.

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Getting Academics and Aid Workers to Work Together

December 11, 2013

Aid workers and academics would seem natural collaborators. Development studies courses are common and it is routine to find academics who oscillate between the academy and the field as aid workers. In turn, the aid world often calls upon academics to provide expert advice and looks to their literature for guidance.

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Using Better Evidence to Reform Nepal’s Hydropower Policy

December 11, 2013

Using evidence for planning and evaluation of policies and development interventions considerably enhances the capacity of organizations working for socioeconomic change of state and society, and their change interventions…

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The Boundaries of Evidence in Conflict Management and Peacebuilding

December 11, 2013

In The Asia Foundation’s recent report, “Subnational Conflict and International Development Assistance,” the authors argue that a sustainable solution to the many subnational conflicts plaguing different countries…

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Photojournalist Aref Yaqubi Captures Afghanistan’s Historic Ghazni

December 4, 2013

Situated in eastern Afghanistan along the strategic route that links Kabul and Khandahar, Ghazni plays a key role in the historical, economic, agricultural, and political realms of contemporary Afghanistan, and was named the “Capital of Islamic Culture” for 2013…

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Interfaith Efforts Build Back a Better Zamboanga: Rehabilitating Christ the King Chapel

December 4, 2013

On Sept. 9, 2013, Zamboanga City was Sstruck by an armed group of Muslim separatists, leading to weeks of urban warfare and more than 100,000 displaced persons. The city is majority Christian, so the invasion naturally led to considerable tension…

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In Pictures: Surveying Afghanistan

November 20, 2013

In July 2013, expert survey teams were deployed across all 34 provinces in Afghanistan to gather the opinions of more than 9,000 Afghans, face to face, regarding the most critical issues facing their country.

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Community-Driven Development: A New Deal for Communities in the Asia-Pacific

November 13, 2013

The Asia Foundation, in partnership with Australian Aid, World Bank, and SMERU, a leading Indonesian research institute, recently hosted a four-day regional conference…

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What Does Community-Driven Development Deliver? Lessons from a Balinese Village

November 13, 2013

Early this month, I boarded a bus to visit the Balinese village of Sobangan to see in action the impact from a decade of Community-Driven Development (CDD), an approach that delivers public funds directly to the village level and allows citizens to determine priorities for social services and economic development.

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In Thailand and Cambodia, a Culture of Impunity Still Holds

November 13, 2013

In November 1979, I attended a benefit concert in Bangkok given by Joan Baez to help raise funds for the humanitarian relief of Cambodian refugees who fled to the Thai border to escape the heinous rule of the Khmer Rouge. An estimated two million people were murdered by Pol Pot and his henchmen.

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