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CAPE conference

ODI general feed - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:00
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Advanced course on conflict, crisis and transitions - 2014

ODI general feed - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 00:00
​The Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) at the Overseas Development Institute and the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York are pleased to offer their fifth annual ‘Advanced Course on Conflict, Crisis and Transitions’. The week-long programme targeting mid-career and senior professionals will be held on the parkland campus of the University of York.
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UK Water Forum: Water equity in the new development era

ODI general feed - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 00:00
​A Flagship event with an international and UK audience to identify major challenges facing water services and resource management post-2015
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Can democracy deliver for development? Lessons from Brazil, India and Ghana

ODI general feed - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 00:00

What does the growing disillusionment across both the developed and the developing world about the way democracy works mean for the promise of democracy? Drawing on research from three leading democracies in the developing world, this event will explore whether and how these systems can deliver for their populations - and what this means for broader debates on institutions and development.

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Development and equity: can democracy deliver? Lessons from Brazil, India and Ghana

ODI general feed - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 00:00

What does the growing disillusionment across both the developed and the developing world about the way democracy works mean for the promise of democracy? Drawing on research from three leading democracies in the developing world, this event will explore whether and how these systems can deliver for their populations - and what this means for broader debates on institutions and development.

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A political approach to security and justice programming: making it work in practice

ODI general feed - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 00:00
​This first seminar in the Security and justice seminar series will explore how politically-informed programming can be operationalised, with Dr Andrew Rathmell from the University of Exeter.

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Taking a political approach to security and justice programming: how to make this work in practice?

ODI general feed - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 00:00
​This first seminar in the Security and justice seminar series will explore how politically-informed programming can be operationalised, with Dr Andrew Rathmell from the University of Exeter.

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The global climate policy conference 2014

ODI general feed - Wed, 05/07/2014 - 00:00
This conference brings together researchers and analysts from academia and think-tanks, together with negotiators and other practitioners to identify new economic, social and political ideas and analysis to help move international climate negotiations forward.
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Everybody wins: bridging the gap between scientific and local communities

ODI general feed - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 00:00
​This event examines how participatory games and exercises can bring together the local and scientific knowledge produced by at-risk people, humanitarian and development agencies and those with formal scientific and technological training to enable communities to become more resilient in the face of disasters

 

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Everybody wins: bridging the gap between scientific and local communities

ODI general feed - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 00:00
​This event examines how participatory games and exercises can bring together the local and scientific knowledge produced by at-risk people, humanitarian and development agencies and those with formal scientific and technological training to enable communities to become more resilient in the face of disasters

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Zambia at 50: Engaging diaspora in inclusive development

ODI general feed - Wed, 04/30/2014 - 00:00

The launch of the Roundtable Report and offer participants the opportunity to reflect on the proceedings of the DfAD Zambia Roundtable discussion held  in partnership with Diaspora Support Initiative (DSI) Zambia.

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Regional integration in South Asia: trends, challenges and prospects

ODI general feed - Wed, 04/30/2014 - 00:00
This book presents an assessment of trade and economic co-operation among South Asian nations and highlights policy issues to foster regional integration.
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Rethinking disaster risk reduction: making better decisions on HFA2

ODI general feed - Wed, 04/30/2014 - 00:00
Why haven't disaster risk assessments been effective in informing development plans and public and private sector decisions? This event loos at the proliferation and variety of disaster risk assessments conducted over the last 10 years. Speakers will share their views on what HFA2 should include to improve formulation, production and policy influence of risk assessments.
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Private funding of humanitarian aid: is this the future?

ODI general feed - Tue, 04/29/2014 - 00:00
As humanitarian needs grow and the budgets of many traditional donor governments reduce, aid agencies are looking to a diverse set of new funding sources. This event will look at the real value of private giving, the benefits in comparison to other sources of funding, who the current funders are and if they hold the answer to the future of humanitarian financing. 

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Can social protection and labour programmes promote social inclusion?

ODI general feed - Mon, 04/28/2014 - 00:00

This symposium presents the findings of a three year research project that explored the impact of different social protection and labour programme interventions on social inclusion in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal. The symposium will serve as a forum for researchers and development practitioners to discuss evidence from the field and its implications for policy and practice.

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Posted by Benoit Taiclet IMF Managing

PFM blog - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:37
Posted by Benoit Taiclet IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde’s visit to Bamako in January took place while Mali is still healing its historical wounds. In 2012, the defeat of the army against insurgents led to a coup d’état which was...
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David Fetterman on Google Glass Part II: Using Glass as an Evaluation Tool

American Evaluation Association 365 Blog - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 01:52

I’m David Fetterman, evaluator, author, entrepreneur, and Google Glass user. Yesterday, we talked about what Google Glass is and how it can revolutionize communications. Today, let’s turn to thinking about how Glass could be used as an evaluation tool.

Hot Tips – Glass for Empowerment Evaluation: Youth (with parental permission) can wear the Glass to produce photovoice productions, sharing their pictures of their neighborhoods and videos of the activities. It’s easy (and fun) – that’s my son over on the right trying out Glass. Their stories can be used as part of their self-assessment, gaining insight into their lives and potentially transforming their worlds.

Community and staff members can post their digital photographs (and videos) on a common server or blog while conducting their self-assessment with the blink of an eye. This ensures community access, a sense of immediacy, and transparency.

Community and staff members can use Google Hangout on Glass to communicate with each other about their ratings, preliminary findings, and plans for the future.

Hot Tips – Glass for Traditional Evaluation: Evaluators can use it to communicate with colleagues on the fly, share data (including pictures and video) with team members, and conduct spontaneous videoconference team meetings. Note that everyone doesn’t need to have Glass, as Glass users can leverage its capabilities while connecting with others who are using Smartphones or computers.

Glass stamp dates photos, videos, and correspondence, ensuring historical accuracy.

Glass can be used as an effective “ice breaker” to gain access to a new group.

Evaluators can also solicit feedback from colleagues about their performance, with brief videos of their data collection and reporting behavior. There is a precedent for this type of critique – assessments of student teaching videos.

Glass can be used to provide “on the fly” professional development with streaming video of onsite demonstrations for colleagues working remotely.

In addition, Glass can help maximize evaluator’s multi-tasking behavior (when appropriate).

Lessons Learned – Caveats:

Take time to get to know people before disrupting their norm with this innovation.

Plan to use it over time to allow people to become accustomed to it and drop their company manners.

Respect people’s privacy. Ask for permission to record any behavior.

Do not use it in bathrooms, while driving, or in areas requiring additional sensitivity, e.g. bars, gang gatherings, and funerals.

In the short term, expect the shock factor, concerns about invasion of privacy, and a lot of attention. Over time, as the novelty wears off and they become more common place, Glass will be less obtrusive than a bag of digital cameras, laptops, and Smartphones.

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Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

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David Fetterman on Google Glass Part I: Redefining Communications

American Evaluation Association 365 Blog - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 01:47

“Ok, glass.” That’s how you activate Google Glass. I’m David Fetterman and that’s me to the right wearing Google Glass. I’m an empowerment evaluation synergist and consultant, busy father and spouse, and owner of Fetterman & Associates.

Rad Resource – Google Glass: Google Glass is a voice and gesture activated pair of glasses that lets you connect with the world through the internet. You can take a picture, record a video, send a message, listen to music, or make a telephone or video call – all hands free.

Hot Tips – Redefining Communications: Google Glass is not just another expensive (currently about $1500) gadget. It can free us up to do what we do best – think, communicate, facilitate, and, in our case, assess. Here is a brief example.

I said “Ok, Glass,” then “make a call to Kimberly James.” She is a Planning and Evaluation Research Officer I am working with at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Kimberly asked how the evaluation capacity building webinar is coming along. Via Glass, I took a screenshot and mailed it to her so we can discuss it. When a colleague is mentioned, with a few swipes of my finger on the frame, I find a picture on the web, and miraculously remember who we are talking about.

Mid-conversation, Kimberly needed to step away briefly. While on hold, I sent a note to colleagues in Arkansas to ask them to check on the data collection for our tobacco prevention empowerment evaluation.

Kimberly returned to the call and we discussed a recent survey. With a simple request, the display of our results appeared, reminding me what the patterns look like.

Did I mention that I did all of these things while making lunch, picking up my son’s clothes off the floor, letting the dogs out, and emptying the dishwasher?

Later in the day, with a tap on the frame, I confirmed our scope of work with Linh Nguyen, the Vice President of Learning and Impact at the Foundation, while dropping my son off for piano lessons.

Later in the week I plan to use Google Hangout to videoconference with another colleague using Glass. When she connects during a project site visit, she will be able to take pictures and stream video of her walk around the facilities, bringing me closer to the “hum and buzz” of site activities.

Lessons Learned:

Respect people’s privacy – do not wear Google Glass where it is not wanted, will put people off, or will disrupt activities. Do not take pictures without permission. Remove it when you enter a bathroom.

Rad Resources

Hot Tip: Stay tuned for Part II tomorrow when I will cover using Google Glass as an evaluation tool.

Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

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Podcast: rethinking conflict and climate change

ODI general feed - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 00:00
This podcast looks at the relationship between climate change and conflict. Katie Peters argues that it is deeply problematic and suggests ways in which to rectify some of the common mistakes made when directing aid to climate change projects.
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Emergent Design Webinar

Networking Action - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:41

Topic:  Emergent Design

Traditional planning strategies do not work for complex challenges:  too much is changing and there is continual learning about appropriate action.  Another approach relevant for such situations is emergent design.  This is iterative design that chrysalises as …