In a fast changing world, development progress is complex: solutions are neither simple nor obvious. There is growing recognition among research and policy communities that flexible and adaptive approaches are the best way to address this complexity, and to deliver sustainable and inclusive change.
Decision-making is inherently political. And in a so called ‘post-truth’ world, the relationship between evidence and decision-making is becoming even more challenging. But, at the same time, the rise of populist politics and attacks on aid are likely to be driving some donors towards simpler, more technocratic, definitions of impact. Accountability to funders and value for money may squeeze out complexity thinking and learning.
This panel debate event asks a diverse panel of donor, academic and non-governmental organisations: how do you navigate this tension to inform your day-to-day decision-making?
- Louise Shaxson @LouiseShaxson – Research Fellow, Research and Policy in Development, ODI
- Gita Sen – General Coordinator, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)
- Irene Guijt @guijti – Head of Research, Oxfam
- Nasreen Jessani @NasreenJessani – Global public health policy research consultant