Round table event: What is development and how should it be practised?
by Chris MzN
How do we make development project work better?
Why do so many projects fail to achieve scale? Or even measurable impact?
Is there something fundamentally wrong with the way “we do development”?
Christian and Adrian spend much of 2018 thinking about fundamental questions of how to do development and aid work better. In the recent paper “Aid and development by design: local solutions to local problems”, we suggest a new way to approach “helping others”.
We make the case for a reconceptualization of aid and development programme design, by focusing on the role of the ‘development expert’ in the design and implementation phase and employing ‘design thinking’ as a guiding principle. You can download the complete working paper here.
We have practiced design thinking in all our work since 2011. By its very nature, design thinking leads to more engagement, more information and emotion exchange and deeper understanding. That leads to better projects.
We found this very useful in your approach. And we would love to hear what you think.
Join Adrian and Chris for a Roundtable Discussion on Tuesday, 11 December 2018 from 18:00 to 20:00 at the 2D2 Social Sciences Block at the University of Bristol. It’s free of charge and you can easily register here.
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