Aug 29, 2019

Announcing the Winners of GDI's First Case Study Competition

GDI Secretariat Team , GDI Secretariat Team

Updated November 27, 2019: Please note that the winning cases have been formally published and are available at this link

In conflict-affected, fragile, and transitional situations, development practitioners face stubborn delivery challenges – obstacles that impede implementation of policies, projects, and programs. Tackling these delivery challenges is crucial to successfully deliver services to those who need them, particularly as the global fragility landscape becomes increasingly complex and the percentage of the world’s extreme poor living in these situations increases. To catalyze sharing of experiences around these crucial issues, the Global Delivery Initiative launched its first-ever case-study competition in connection with this year’s GDI Annual Conference. The conference will take place this year in Tunis, Tunisia, on November 5-6, and will focus on service delivery in fragile, conflict-affected, and transitional situations.

Now, GDI is pleased to announce the winners of the first ever GDI Case Study Competition.

GDI sought submissions of case studies that described how development practitioners overcame difficult challenges to implement projects or programs in fragile and conflict-affected environments. The competition was open to anyone who wanted to explore mechanisms of success and failure in implementing development interventions in fragile, conflict-affected, and transitional environments. The competition received 47 submissions from 29 organizations, and we thank all the authors who submitted their experiences to the competition. Case study entries addressed a range of development challenges in countries around the world.

The winning entries are:

  • “Public Service Delivery Improvement through Citizen Feedback” by Hasnain Iqbal, Punjab Information Technology Board
  • “Transforming Education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - A Case Study from Pakistan” by Hina Khan, Adam Smith International
  • “Sustainable Health Infrastructure in Rural Myanmar” by Yoga Baral, UNOPS
  • “Delivering in the Aftermath of the Earthquake: A Donor’s Perspective from the Haiti Infrastructure and Institutions Emergency Recovery Project” by Jordy Chan & Malaïka Bécoulet, World Bank Group

The winning student submission is:

  • “Reducing Maternal Mortality in an Indigenous Community in Morales, Colombia” by Silvia Villegas, Universidad de los Andes

The authors of the winning submissions will receive travel grants to attend GDI’s Annual Conference. Those winning case studies will also be published in the Global Delivery Library on the GDI platform.

A core goal of GDI is to construct an evidence base of delivery know-how that cuts across sectors, countries, and organizations. Building this base of delivery know-how will deepen our understanding of how development interventions are implemented on the ground, the kinds of challenges that hinder implementation, and strategies that allow implementers to overcome them. This work helps practitioners make more informed decisions on program implementation and produce consistent results on the ground. These winning entries are examples of concise, engaging case studies that focus on delivery challenges – obstacles that emerge during implementation and hinder development impact – and how implementers responded to these challenges.

GDI appreciates the contributions of conference sponsors, including the Inter-American Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, the Korea Development Institute, and the World Bank, who sponsored travel grants for participants. We also extend warm thanks for the contributions of our evaluation panel judges from IDB, IsDB, JICA, the KDI School, and the World Bank.

Be sure to check out the event page for GDI’s Annual Conference in Tunis, Tunisia (registration information and agenda coming soon). We look forward to exploring these cases in greater depth at the conference, through the publication of the case studies, and in this space (so stay tuned for future blog posts!). For more information on the case study competition and the annual event, please contact