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Three Questions on Financing Self-Reliance with Mario Kerby

Mario Kerby
August 11, 2020
4 Minute Read
How can development practitioners foster local commitment for financing self-reliance? Chief of Party Mario Kerby shares how his project has engaged a diverse array of stakeholders — from finance ministers to schoolchildren — to ensure commitment to crucial fiscal reforms remains strong.
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Stop, Look, and Listen! Preventing Recruitment of Youth into Illicit Activities in Southern Colombia

Cameron Berkuti | Christina Schultz | Diana Acuña | Juan Pablo Castaño | ​Kelly Brooks | Susan Kemp
April 18, 2019
2 Minute Read
As development practitioners, we tend to rush in with solutions to deal with complex problems. But, acknowledging problem complexity means we need to step back and give ourselves room to figure out how to achieve sustainable impact.

Can We Actually Think and Work Politically?

Robert Brookes | Susan Kemp
February 28, 2019
< 1 Minute Read
Robert Brookes and Susan Kemp advocate for collective action to change how we do development and accelerate progress toward development goals.

The Politics of Biodiversity: Two Experiences with Thinking and Working Politically

Carolyn Heaps
November 29, 2018
4 Minute Read
What does thinking and working politically on biodiversity projects look like? Carolyn Heaps shares experiences and lessons learned from projects in Guatemala and Indonesia.

Beyond a Buzzword: What Thinking and Working Politically Looks Like in Practice

Sharon Van Pelt | Elizabeth Sanchez | Santiago Villaveces-Izquierdo
August 7, 2018
4 Minute Read
What does TWP look like in program implementation? In this blog post, Sharon Van Pelt, Elizabeth Sanchez, and Santiago Villaveces-Izquierdo delve into the importance of regularly using TWP-PEA to pause and reflect.

Politics Matter: How Implementers Can Do Development Differently

Dr. Jennifer Swift-Morgan
June 26, 2017
5 Minute Read
Politics can derail a development program. To make sure they don't, Jennifer Swift-Morgan gives recommendations for operationalizing the thinking and working politically methodology.

Approaches that Projects Can Learn from the Democracy and Governance Sector

John Johnson
March 16, 2017
3 Minute Read
New research reveals smart strategies from the democracy and governance sector that other kinds of projects can use to bring stakeholders on board and increase impact.

Think Your Project Isn’t Political? Think Again.

Sharon Van Pelt
April 5, 2016
2 Minute Read
Sharon van Pelt discusses applied political economy analysis, what it is, and why aid workers should care whether they are working in climate change, health, or democracy and governance.