I am busy posting a series of videos of presentations at the Doing Development Differently workshop (from last month). I want to give folks a taste of the various ways people are working in this space. We aim to build a repository of such examples at Harvard's Building State Capability program, and at the Overseas Development Institute.
But note some things about the experiences: THEY ARE REAL.
- Which means that they are not perfect (dealing with complex issues),
- they are seldom complete (whatever that means when talking about social change),
- they are often messy (with parts of each story that may raise eyebrows), and
- they are DIFFERENT (there is variation here....there is no one best way model).
I love the fact that we have people who recognize that you cannot come and say 'we have a silver bullet'. Instead, all the storytellers were saying, 'we have gritty progress...where progress is seldom seen...' We aren't declaring victory here, just observing that folks are out there moving the ball forward more effectively than many have been able to do before.
Most of our stories are currently of external agencies working in developing countries, but we will soon be adding stories from developing countries where the external agents are not telling the stories. If you have a story of development that you want to share, please send me a note in the comments section.