Podcast: Are managing contractors the problem, or the solution?

Interview with Jacqui De Lacey Facilities are often misunderstood by the development community and have been subject to a number of criticisms, including high transaction costs, excessive complexity and for adding an necessary layer of administration between DFAT and the delivery of aid and development funding. In this podcast (recorded with Rachel Mason Nunn for …

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PEA Update 3: PEA Case studies (grouped by level of analysis – global, regional, country, sector – and problem driven PEA within a sector)

This blog forms part of a series of internal PEA updates compiled by Priya Chattier and Tara Davda, and with general wisdom by Graham Teskey and Lavinia Tyrrel. Thanks to Leisa Gibson for GESI support. We will aim to publish these every fortnight or so. Watch this space. Political economy analysis (PEA) is important for …

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‘Speed dating’ for MERL and adaptive management wonks

Online networking for stir-crazy development workers in lock-down is apparently a thing now. Being led, at least in Australia, by the Research for Development Impact Network (RDI) – it’s a bit like speed dating, but without the awkward silences and musty pub smell. The most recent event focused on Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL). …

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Covid + w@h + Zoom = a big change for TA and Managing Contractors?

Starting…. In a recent edition of the New Yorker, Lawrence Wright considered how major crises through history have tended to bring about profound social change as people were forced to think differently.[1] So, now is a good time to consider the extent to which the shock of Covid and the resultant need to w@h (work …

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