Saturday, 28 July 2012

Embracing Failure

When you have a free moment, watch this inspiring talk: David Damberger: What happens when an NGO admits failure | Video on TED.com
Damberger shares his insights from well-meaning but poorly-designed work in developing countries. Generations of aid providers repeat the same old mistakes, over and over again. Admitting failure and telling others about lessons learned would be a first step out of this vicious cycle. That is rare among development organisations, eager to keep their donors happy. But some have started publishing regular "Failure Reports" - a big bravo to the brave ones.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Pour les francophones: excellentes ressources

(English summary below) Le fonds pour la promotion d'études préalables, études transversales et évaluations (quel nom!) - en bref, F3E - publie d'excellentes ressources sur des aspects-clés du développement. Tout est téléchargeable gratuitement à partir de leur site f3E.asso.fr. Vous cliquez sur "ressources" et vous trouvez plein de documentation. Je recommande partiulièrement la fiche "genre et développement" - claire, précise et pratique.
For English speakers: The French language site of f3F yields excellent short guides on various key aspects of development work. Under "guides et outils" you'll find a very useful selection.