We have had a great response to the DDD Manifesto (on Doing Development Differently). If you want to see the manifesto and sign up to engage in the community, do so here. One question that ahs been raised relates to the role of power, politics and conflict in doing development. Some folks have read the manifesto as a 'everyone will be happy' script for development, and suggest that it doe snot address power, politics and conflict enough.
Just to note that the manifesto emerged from a series of discussions about actual experiences with doing development differently, where power, politics and conflict are central. The manifesto notes that genuine development progress is complex, meaning that, "solutions are not simple or obvious, those who would benefit most lack power, those who can make a difference are disengaged and political barriers are too often overlooked. Many development initiatives fail to address this complexity, promoting irrelevant interventions that will have little impact."
We believe tha politics, power and conflict need to be better addressed. From experience and research we argue that the PROCESS of engagement is what ensures whether these factors get addressed. The principles of engaging spelled out in the manifesto are key to doing this (working with players in the context, around problems, in an iterative and adaptive fashion.) Listen to Jaime Faustino talking about just such an engagement.