New book on the politics of evidence and results
DLP’s Senior Research Partner Chris Roche is one of the co-editors of The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development, published this month, and has written its chapter on ‘The politics of juggling multiple accountability disorder’.
The book explores some of the more systemic roots of how and why the results agenda can distort attempts to promote transformational change. It identifies specific examples and strategies used by development practitioners and managers to navigate, resist and use the results agenda for more transformational ends.
It aims to help organisations seeking to promote sustainable change to create an environment in which their staff and partners can work towards that goal. See Chris's blog about the book’s key findings (Practice for Change, 15 Jul), and Duncan Green's review (5 Aug).
Chris's chapter describes and analyses the context and internal politics of Oxfam Australia's attempts to initiate a power-sensitive approach to accountability. The central proposition is that despite some significant efforts by the organization to become more accountable to those it sought to benefit, this agenda never became 'mission critical'. Chris concludes that a greater focus on describing, analysing and communicating the practice of transformational development and associated forms of accountability may have been helpful.
The book is edited by Rosalind Eyben, Irene Guijt, Chris Roche and Cathy Shutt, and was published by Practical Action on 15 July 2015.