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How do we plan, campaign and work in development when we don’t know what is going to happen and we don’t know what solutions will work? Aid professionals know that real life has a way of ignoring our plans and procedures, but often we block out that knowledge in order to keep functioning. In this talk, Duncan Green asked what would we do differently, if we acknowledge and try to adapt to the messiness of reality.
Dr Duncan Green is Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB, Honorary Professor of International Development at Cardiff University and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies. He was previously a Visiting Fellow at Notre Dame University, a Senior Policy Adviser on Trade and Development at the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), a Policy Analyst on trade and globalisation at the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and Head of Research and Engagement at the Just Pensions project on socially responsible investment.
He is author of From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World (Oxfam International, June 2008) and has written several books on Latin America including Silent Revolution: The Rise and Crisis of Market Economics in Latin America (2003), Faces of Latin America (2006) and Hidden Lives: Voices of Children in Latin America and the Caribbean (1998).
This lecture was presented by the Development Policy Centre at Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.