May 11, 2016

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The myth of the development worker as a selfless saint has been busted by recent revelations of unacceptable and sometimes criminal behaviour among the staff of some of the most well-known INGOs. For people working in the sector none of these stories were surprising. While this kind of behaviour has
This is a guest post by Kingsley Orievulu and Jack Cornforth of Civicus (our partners in the Resilient Roots initiative) (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) When ActionAid Uganda faced attacks from the government for their work, including freezing the organisation’s bank account, unrelenting support from local partners and credible local leadership
Interested in measuring your impact? Of course you are. We all are! So how do we do it? Well, there are several possible ways, but what is critical is that we make the perspectives of the people who are meant to enjoy the benefits of a service visible to decision
We are searching for organizations interested in testing the link between accountability to the people they serve and resilience. Keystone Accountability is working with Civicus and Accountable Now on an initiative called Resilient Roots. We are collaborating with civil society organizations around the world, supporting them with resources and grants
I’m a slow learner. Over a decade into this work, it hit me that Constituent Voice is what New Yorker writer Atul Guwande dubbed a “slow idea”. In Guwande’s New Yorker article comparison of the historical uptake of anesthesia and antiseptics, he asks, why did one take off rapidly while
Social lab participants in a collaborative ice-breaker activity. Seven weeks after the team started their experiments we are checking in on the Rumphi Social Lab to find out what they have learnt. Fifty participants from the five teams returned to share experiences, reflect on progress and report back on what
Today is the day for groups to dig into the detail of their planned micro-actions and get feedback and coaching. The seven ‘big ideas’ have been reduced to five. The groups driving each idea have clarified their assumptions and identified a first draft of what actions they believe they must
The main objective of the fourth and final day of the Rumphi Social Lab design workshop was the formation of micro-action teams to take forward seven ‘big ideas’ to improve development in Rumphi.  The teams did indeed form (and merge down to five), and lists of ‘key assumptions that must
If day one was a burst of fire in the oven, and day two was doing our kitchen prep, then day three was a banquet table fully laden. No one wants to miss the feast and attendance at day three hovers around 90 percent from day one. You can feel
In yesterday’s blog we asked a bold question, ‘Can social labs save development?’ Day two brought us deep into social lab process. The morning began with reflections on the insights of yesterday. Participants spoke with emotion about seeing the broken relationships systematically mapped from the perspective of each constituent group.