Reflecting on the Thinking and Working Politically (TWP) agenda 

Graham Teskey recently designed and led two workshops reflecting on the progress being made on implementing the ‘Thinking and Working Politically (TWP)’ agenda. The first workshop was held in Washington DC, and featured four internationally renowned writers, researchers and practitioners, all known for their ability to translate ideas into practice: Clare Lockhart (Founder and Director, The Institute for State Effectiveness), Brian Levy (ex-World Bank now Professor at Johns Hopkins University); Duncan Green (Strategic Advisor, Oxfam UK); and Ann Hudock (CEO Counterpart International, US). Discussions among the 100 or so participants focused on the ways in which the agenda was being implemented, and the challenges remaining. You can watch a short video here.

Three weeks later this was followed by a half-day workshop in the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, which brought together ten DFAT-funded Indonesia development programs and six international managing contractors. Graham presented a draft framework for assessing TWP approaches in program selection, design and implementation. While the language and terminology was not consistent, this workshop demonstrated that there is considerable innovation and ingenuity at program level in implementing TWP. Graham’s blog on the event is here.

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