Overcoming Premature Evaluation

This post by Institue of Human Security and Social Change Director Chris Roche originally appeared on Duncan Green’s From Poverty To Power blog.  Chris Roche (the koala – I’m [Duncan Green] the kangaroo, right) is a friend and a brilliant development thinker, even if he has an alarming tendency to be able to reference development jargon like a machine gun. If you can get past the … Continue reading Overcoming Premature Evaluation


Identifying rebels with a cause (and effect)

By Chris Roche The Developmental Leadership Program will host its 2016 Annual Conference at La Trobe University in Melbourne on 8 February. Its theme is ‘Power, Politics and Positive Deviance’. It is pretty obvious why a DLP conference would focus on power and politics, but why positive deviance? And what is it anyway? Perhaps the best known text on this topic is The Power of … Continue reading Identifying rebels with a cause (and effect)

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HIV risk? It’s in the programming…

‘On the fast track to end AIDS’. That’s the UNAIDS slogan for today’s World AIDS Day; and beneath the inevitable soundbites lie some clear principles of approach, one of which is ‘deliver results that leave no one behind’ (UNAIDS, 2015). In Asia and the Pacific, as elsewhere in the world, the HIV epidemic continues to take its heaviest toll among communities and groups that are … Continue reading HIV risk? It’s in the programming…

Myanmar Election 2015

Myanmar Election 2015 – An International Observer’s Perspective

The Institute is very happy to post this blog from Michelle Imison, a Sydney-based international development consultant, on her recent experience as an election monitor in Myanmar. We are very grateful that Michelle was able to respond to our request to share her first hand experience of this historic event. On Sunday, 8 November Myanmar’s general election was run and, although not yet officially won, the process itself was … Continue reading Myanmar Election 2015 – An International Observer’s Perspective

The Results Agenda: Friend or Foe?

Chris Roche, Director at the Institute, is co-editor of the recently released book ‘The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development. The book examines the current results agenda of international development.  In this blog, Megan Driscoll from the Institute of Development Studies summarises a recent panel discussion on this topic.  The panel was made up of experts on aid effectiveness, including the book’s co-editor, Rosalind Eyben, … Continue reading The Results Agenda: Friend or Foe?