July 2009 saw the sixth  in a rolling series of meetings focusing on the value of complexity theory in international development and humanitarian work. The meeting was hosted by Panos and focused on Evaluation practices in the aid sector, and how they need to be improved in the face of complexity. Participants included development practitioners, academics, donors, consultants and NGO representatives.

EvaluationComplexityAs the Meeting Report notes: “Development and aid are influenced by a range of interacting factors in constantly changing social contexts which can lead to unpredictable outcomes. Concepts and approaches from complexity theory may be useful for developing appropriate evaluation approaches that will enhance real-time learning and responsive working… This day was anchored in six case studies of evaluation approaches which have drawn on concepts from complexity theory. Discussion considered the potential for, and challenges of, working with complexity theory for more effective development practice.”

Find out more from the Full report and the Summary Report

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About Ben Ramalingam

I am a researcher and writer specialising on international development and humanitarian issues. I am currently working on a number of consulting and advisory assignments for international agencies. I am also writing a book on complexity sciences and international aid which will be published by Oxford University Press. I hold Senior Research Associate and Visiting Fellow positions at the Institute of Development Studies, the Overseas Development Institute, and the London School of Economics.


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