Theories of Change

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In Indonesia, Database Tracking Violence Provides Insights on Preventing Conflict

January 14, 2015

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From 1999 to 2008, subnational conflicts (SNCs) killed at least 100,000 people in Asia with half of the countries in South and Southeast Asia affected. Asian SNCs last on average twice as long as the global average and typically reignite after periods of calm.

 

How Practitioner-Academic Research Collaborations Can Improve Development Outcomes

January 14, 2015

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“Theories of Change,” as Craig Valters argued recently on In Asia, offer development practitioners a potential way to grapple with the complexity of social change. But understanding how to get the most out of the tool is still a work in progress.

PakistanCRG 

Locally Led and Politically Smart Routes to Accountable Governance in Pakistan

January 14, 2015

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Commentators on citizen-led accountability programs in persistently underdeveloped and conflict-prone states frequently advocate approaches that “work with the grain” of local social norms and institutions. At the same time, it is argued that local ownership…

MindanaoSecurityStop 

Building A More Solid Evidence Base for Peace and Development in Mindanao

January 14, 2015

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Conflict-affected areas of Mindanao in the southern Philippines form a complex, unpredictable, and highly dynamic environment that makes development programming very challenging against a backdrop of general urgency. Over the last 15 years, The Asia Foundation has been engaged in Mindanao…

SriLankaStreetScene 

Using Evidence to Improve Development Assistance

December 10, 2014

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Development assistance is founded on countless theories about how foreign taxpayers’ money can be harnessed to instigate and catalyze economic and social development and provide humanitarian benefits abroad. Basic arguments for how positive change can be achieved…

PhilippinesConflict 

Modern Conflict is Not What You Think

December 10, 2014

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Research has transformed medicine, agriculture, and sanitation, and has helped lift many millions out of poverty. Most of the extremely poor people in the world now live in states suffering from conflict. Scholars have studied wars for millennia, but are usually concentrated on how to win them.

NepalCommunityMediation 

Academics, Practitioners, and Donors: Whose Evidence Counts and For What?

December 10, 2014

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There is a difficult tension in the evidence-seeking agenda: on the one hand, donors seek short-term, project-related outcomes to support claims about their impact on a grand scale in a society; on the other hand, society-level impact does not seem measurable…

 

Can Theories of Change Help Us ‘Do Development Differently?’

December 10, 2014

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Where next for debates and practice of Theories of Change? In my last blog on this topic, I argued that we need to be wary of Theories of Change simply becoming another corporate stick to beat people with: to prevent this, there is a considerable onus on likeminded donors…

JSRPreport 

New Report Examines Land Disputes in Nepal’s Terai

April 2, 2014

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Land has long been among the most politically contentious issues in Nepal. Since the 1960s, land reform has been an important area of contestation between political parties. This pattern was further visible in the country’s civil conflict between 1996 and 2006…

 

Women’s Experiences of Local Justice: Community Mediation in Sri Lanka

February 12, 2014

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“Informal” justice is increasingly on the international development agenda (for example see here and here), based on the recognition that in many parts of the world, “formal” justice systems are far from the first port of call for citizens with a grievance or dispute.

RidoTraining 

Research Effectiveness: The Case of the Mindanao Conflict

December 18, 2013

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Research is most useful for development practitioners when it is embedded in the entire endeavor, directing and directed by actions and reflections throughout implementation, rather than being something done initially to design a project and at the end to evaluate it.

 

Making the Evidence Agenda in Development More Plausible

December 18, 2013

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“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.

 

Getting Academics and Aid Workers to Work Together

December 11, 2013

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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.

HydropowerDamNepal 

Using Better Evidence to Reform Nepal’s Hydropower Policy

December 11, 2013

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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…

 

The Boundaries of Evidence in Conflict Management and Peacebuilding

December 11, 2013

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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…