Doing Development Differently

October 22-23, 2014
A workshop on Doing Development Differently
Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

Hosted by the Building State Capability (BSC) program at the Center for International Development at Harvard University, and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) with funding from the Governance Partnership Facility.


A growing body of work shows that development interventions often have a limited impact, especially when targeting improved governance and service delivery by the state. This observation has inspired many efforts to rethink the practice of development,
and a number of new strategies have emerged for designing, implementing and even evaluating development projects and initiatives.

The evidence base for ‘doing development differently’ however, it still emerging and remains highly fragmented among different communities of practice. Moreover, policymakers still report challenges in operationalizing these findings into changed approaches.

This event brings practitioners and researchers trying these new development practices out or carrying out thorough analytical work on them. These employ different tools but generally hold to some of the same core principles: being problem driven, iterative with lots of learning, and engaging teams and coalitions, often producing hybrid solutions that are ‘fit to context’ and politically smart. This event is an opportunity to share practical lessons and insights, country experience, and to experiment first hand with selected methodologies and design thinking.

This event is the second version of the Untying Development series hosted by the Building State Capability program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for International Development. It will be co-hosted this year with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), with funding from the Governance Partnership Facility. The aim of the event is to start to build a shared community of practice, and to crystallize what we are learning about what doing development differently really looks like in practice.

Background reading | Storify Recap | Sign the Manifesto

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Time Event/Speakers

Introduction and welcome
Lant Pritchett, Harvard Kennedy School and Leni Wild, ODI


"DDD Exchange" Session 1
Facilitator: Matt Andrews, Harvard Kennedy School
Brief introductions and instructions

7:30 presentations by:

Michael Woolcock, Justice for the Poor (Video | Paper)
Zack Brisson, Reboot  (Video | Poster)
Tim Williamson, BSI (Video | Poster)
Kay Winning, World Bank (Video | Poster | Paper)

Group discussion

12-1pm Lunch

Design Thinking Session: Financing DDD Approaches
Facilitator: Dave Algoso, Reboot
Design thinking session followed by discussion, and 7:30 presentations on leading ideas by:

Tom Wingfield, DFID (Paper)
Joel Hellman, World Bank

Group discussion

3-3:30pm Break

"DDD Exchange" Session 2
Facilitator: Marta Foresti
7:30 presentations by:

Maria Gonzalez de Asis, World Bank
• Duncan Green, Oxfam (VideoPoster | Paper)
Leni Wild, ODI (Video | Poster | Paper)

Group discussion


"Wind Tunnel" meeting: Building a Community of Practice
Facilitator: Andy Ratcliffe, AGI

6-7:30pm Cocktails

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Time Event/Speakers

"DDD Exchange" Session 3
Facilitator: Salimah Samji, Harvard Kennedy School

7:30 presentations by:

Jaime Faustino, The Asia Foundation (Video | Poster | Paper)
Dan Hymowitz, AGI (Video | Paper)
Natalia Adler, UNICEF (Video | Poster)
Taylor Brown, IDL/GRM (Video | Poster)

Group discussion

11-11:30am Break

"DDD Exchange" Session 4
Facilitator: Leni Wild, ODI 

Vivek Srivastava, World Bank (Video | Poster | Paper)
• Helen Derbyshire, SAVI (VideoPoster | Paper)
Tom Gillhespy, Peace Direct (Video | Poster)

1-2pm Lunch

Case session: Putting it together in a PDIA example
Facilitator: Matt Andrews, HKS (Poster | Paper)



4:30-5:30pm "Wind Tunnel" meeting: Next Steps for the Community of Practice
Facilitator: Marta Foresti
5:30pm Closing Remarks
Matt Andrews (Video)
Interviews DDD: What Does It Look Like?
Featuring: Helen Derbyshire, Andy Ratcliffe, Natalia Adler, Duncan Green, and Jaime Faustino

DDD: Rising to the Challenge
Featuring: Joel Hellman, Tom Murphy, Andy Ratcliffe, Jaime Faustino, Duncan Green, and Kathy Bain