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Please note: this event has been postponed due to inclement weather. We hope to reschedule, and will contact registered attendees about the new date.
The latest thinking on effective design and implementation of international development assistance stresses the need to align programs with country contexts by “thinking and working politically” (TWP). Universities, think tanks, and emerging communities of practice are collecting and discussing lessons, and developing TWP principles to guide innovation. A key challenge is translating these principles into practice. What does TWP mean practically? How can donors, their implementing partners, and country counterparts effectively engage in TWP? What challenges emerge at the intersection of TWP principles and practice?
This seminar is a special event offered by SID-Washington. Organized by members of a newly-created DC sub-group of the global TWP Community of Practice, it will explore answers to the questions above. The event opens with a keynote overview of TWP, and a panel comprised of two senior officials from USAID and two leaders from implementing organizations. This session will be followed by an open-space dialogue at tables where cases of TWP will be presented and discussed. Report-outs and wrap-up will take place during lunch.
8:00 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast sponsored by Palladium
8:30 AM: Welcome, Overview, and Background: Chas Cadwell, Director, Center on International Development and Governance, Urban Institute, and Paul Sherman, Senior Program Coodinator, Society for International Development, Washington Chapter
8:45 AM: Perspectives on TWP: Viewpoints from Donors and Implementers
10:20 AM: Coffee Break
10:45 AM: World Café Table Discussions - Thinking and Working Politically: Going from Ideas to Action
12:00 PM: Pick up lunch sponsored by RTI International
12:30 PM: Report Out and Discussion
1:15 PM: Wrap Up and Closing Remarks: Chas Cadwell, Urban Institute
1:30 PM: Adjourn
We would like to thank Palladium, RTI International, and The Urban Institute for sponsoring this event.