Workshop on 'Doing development differently: can it be managed?'
On 2nd April a public workshop involving a wide range of speakers, including prominent policymakers, practitioners and scholars, will explore how to support 'Doing development differently'. The workshop is being organised by ODI, the University of Birmingham and RTI International. Prof Richard Batley (University of Birmingham), Dr David Booth (ODI) and Dr David Hudson (UCL / DLP) will chair the event.
There are renewed calls for development support to radically change in 2015. While some progress has been made, this is highly uneven and does not yet deliver long-term sustainable gains for many. There are particular gaps in how public sectors work, and how systems and institutions function – and external efforts to support these reforms often struggle.
Calls to do things differently have a long history in development, but have not had widespread uptake in development policy and practice until now. There has often been a lack of reflection on how development organisations themselves work, and how their own political, managerial and administrative incentives shape the ability to work in different ways.
This workshop will reflect on some of the latest research from the 2015 International Research Society for Public Management Conference, and will also draw on practical experience.
The event will be held at ODI's offices in London. More information about the speakers and how to register is available here.