Matt Andrews CabriBuilding PFM Capabilities in Africa Closing Workshop
December 11-13, 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa

BSC collaborates with other organizations to offer international training programs where groups from multiple countries engage in a combined in-person workshop to learn the basics of PDIA. The groups then return to their countries to apply what they have learned for a period of 6-7 months and finally re-convene to share lessons and achievements. In April 2017, BSC began its engagement with CABRI, an intergovernmental organization based in South Africa, to build capability for Public Financial Management (PFM) reform in Africa. At this workshop, teams from Ghana, Liberia, Lesotho, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa and The Gambia presented what they had learned and achieved through this process. Watch the closing remarks and view the detailed agenda including presentations.

Matt Andrews

Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM)
April 19, 2017
Harvard Kennedy School

GEM is CID's premier event featuring cutting-edge research and initiatives in global development. The theme for 2017 was, “the sense of us,” and its implications for economies and societies. BSC faculty Matt Andrews led an interactive session entitled PDIA for Economic Diversification to showcase how we work with governments to find and fit solutions to complex problems that are specific to local context. Watch video and slides.

Doing Development Differently WorkshopDoing Development Differently (DDD)
October 22-23, 2014
Harvard Kennedy School

BSC co-hosted the DDD workshop with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). A group of about 40 development professionals, implementers and funders from around the world attended the DDD workshop, to share examples where real change has been achieved. These examples 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.

The aim of the event was to build a shared community of practice, and to crystallize what we are learning about doing development differently from practical experience. The workshop ended with a strong call for developing a DDD Manifesto which reflected the common principles that cut across the cases that were presented. Click here for the detailed agenda, videos and background reading.

Untying Development WorkshopUntying Development 
October 23, 2013
Harvard Kennedy School

BSC hosted the Untying Development workshop to present examples of governance reforms that look better but do not produce better results and to ask if the governance agenda could have more impact.

The workshop brought together several voices, including: Francis Fukuyama, Merilee Grindle, Jennifer Brinkerhoff and Jennifer Widner, to discuss the challenge of creating a governance agenda that focuses on solving country-specific problems, involves local people through flexible and context-fitted processes, and emphasizes learning in the reform process. Click here for the detailed agenda, and videos.