Doing Development Differently

October 22, 2014 to October 23, 2014
Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

A growing body of work shows that development interventions often have a limited impact, especially when targeting improved governance and service delivery by the state. This observation has inspired many efforts to rethink the practice of development, and a number of new strategies have emerged for designing, implementing and even evaluating development projects and initiatives.

The evidence base for ‘doing development differently’ however, it still emerging and remains highly fragmented among different communities of practice. Moreover, policymakers still report challenges in operationalizing these findings into changed approaches.

This event brings practitioners and researchers trying these new development practices out or carrying out thorough analytical work on them. These employ different tools but generally hold to some of the same core principles: being problem driven, iterative with lots of learning, and engaging teams and coalitions, often producing hybrid solutions that are ‘fit to context’ and politically smart. This event is an opportunity to share practical lessons and insights, country experience, and to experiment first hand with selected methodologies and design thinking.

This event is the second version of the untying development series hosted by the Building State Capability program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for International Development. It will be co-hosted this year with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), with funding from the Governance Partnership Facility. The aim of the event is to start to build a shared community of practice, and to crystallize what we are learning about what doing development differently really looks like in practice.

You can find the materials shared in the workshop here.

Wednesday 22, 2014

9:30am Introduction and Welcome
  • Lant Pritchett, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Leni Wild, ODI

“DDD Exchange” Session 1

Brief introductions and instructions

  • Facilitator: Matt Andrews, Harvard Kennedy School

Presentations by:

  •  Michael Woolcock, Justice for the Poor
  •  Panthea Lea, Reboot
  •  Tim Williamson, BSI
  •  Kay Winning, World Bank
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-3:00pm Design Thinking Session: Financing DDD Approaches
  • Facilitator: Dave Algoso, Reboot

Design thinking session followed by discussion, and
Presentations on leading ideas by:

  •  Tom Wingfield, DFID
  •  Joel Hellman, World Bank

Group discussion

3:00-3:30pm Tea/Coffee
3:30-4:45pm “DDD Exchange” Session 2
  • Facilitator: Marta Foresti, ODI

Presentations by:

  • Maria Gonzalez de Assis, World Bank
  • Duncan Green, Oxfam
  • Leni Wild, ODI

Group discussion

5:00-6:00pm “Wind Tunnel” meeting: Building a Community of Practice
  • Facilitator: Andy Ratcliffe, AGI
6:00-7:30pm Cocktail Reception


Thursday 23, 2014

9:00-11:00am “DDD Exchange” Session 3
  • Facilitator: Salimah Samji, Harvard Kennedy School

Presentations by:

  • Jaime Faustino, The Asia Foundation
  • David Booth, ODI
  • Natalia Adler, UNICEF
  • Taylor Brown, IDL/GRM
11:00-11:30am Tea/Coffee
11:30-1:00pm “DDD Exchange” Session 4
  • Facilitator: Leni Wild
  • Vivek Srivastava, World Bank
  • Chuck Sabel, World Bank
  • Dan Hymowitz, AGI
1:00-2:00pm Lunch
2:00-4:00pm Case session: Putting it all together using a PDIA example
  • Facilitator: Matt Andrews
4:00-4:30pm Tea/Coffee
4:30-5:30pm “Wind Tunnel” meeting: Next Steps for the Community of Practice
  • Facilitator: Marta Foresti