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Governance: Complexity, emergence and measurement

I’ve now been working in DFID’s Policy Division for nearly six months. It has been what one calls an interesting experience …

Being in Policy Division has stimulated my thinking in recent weeks about a couple of things. First, about what donors can do to enhance governance in developing countries. And second, about how the effectiveness of donors’ efforts to enhance governance in developing countries can be measured. Both huge issues that I will certainly return to but for now two quick observations: Continue reading

What to do? A request for career advice!

Decisions about what to do career-wise are seldom easy.  My time with DFID Ethiopia comes to an end at the end of May. It’s been great.  I did have a job to go back to at ODI, but I’ve decided not to take that option.

There are a number of factors to consider, some of which don’t feature below despite being particularly important (Hello Amanda!), and time-scales to play with. I’ve come up with criteria, scoring systems and weighting systems that are too embarrassing for public consumption. However, I thought it would be good to get some advice from the friends and colleagues and fellow development wonks who occasionally have a look at my blog. Continue reading

Next stop Addis!

Today is my last day of working for ODI; at least until next June. It’s been … an experience. On the upside, I’ve been involved in some very interesting pieces of work on accountability and governance, and on policy coherence. I’ve learned a lot and have worked with some great people both at ODI and at the various agencies which I’ve done work for (DFID, OECD, UNDP, Norad, European Commission CIDA, Commonwealth Secretariat, IPU, AFD). On the downside … actually, I’ll try to focus on the up-side, but overall, it’s certainly time for me to take on a new challenge and one that is less about coming up with new conceptual frameworks to look at X and is more about trying to get people to work together to achieve Y. And working in Ethiopia – particularly in the run-up to elections in May 2010 – will be a great opportunity for me to learn about development effectiveness and country ownership in practice.

Opening lines

As I’m about to go to Addis Ababa, to work for 6 months as a Governance Adviser with DFID Ethiopia I thought I would take this opportunity to write a blog.

I’m hoping that it will help me to keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues and enable me to share my thoughts about what I am sure will be a fascinating and challenging experience.

I start in Addis in about 3 weeks’ time and can’t wait to get there! Watch this space …