Wednesday, March 21, 2018
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM Download iCalendar entry for this event.
Urban Institute
2100 M St NW
Washington, DC

POSTPONED: Thinking and Working Politically (TWP): Negotiating the Intersection of Principles and Practice

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

  • ModeratorAlina Rocha Menocal, Senior Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute
  • Keynote Address: Verena Fritz, Senior Public Sector Specialist, World Bank
  • Panel Discussion:
    • Neelima Grover, CEO and Founder, The QED Group
    • Tim Meisburger, Director, Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG), DCHA, US Agency for International Development
    • Kelly Saldaña, Director, Office of Health Systems, Bureau for Global Health, US Agency for International Development
    • Paul Weisenfeld, Executive Vice President, International Development, RTI International

10:20 AM: Coffee Break

10:45 AM: World Café Table Discussions - Thinking and Working Politically: Going from Ideas to Action

  • FacilitatorLisa McGregor, Senior Governance Specialist, RTI International
    • Table 1: Aiming at the Right Problem – USAID Colombia Justice for a Sustainable Peace, Chemonics
    • Table 2: Program Design and Project Startup – USAID Political Voice, Space and Accountability with Roma in Slovakia, National Democratic Institute
    • Table 3: Integrating TWP in CVE Situations - USAID Niwajibu Wetu in Kenya, Development Alternatives Incorporated
    • Table 4: Tension Between Donor Reporting, the Learning Process and Real Time Metrics for TWP Approaches - Learning to Make All Voices Count, Global Integrity & USAID
    • Table 5: TWP in the Health Sector - USAID Empowerment, Voice and Accountability for Better Health and Nutrition in Pakistan, Palladium & Improving Access to Quality Healthcare in Guatemala, Gary Bland, RTI International  
    • Table 6: Internal Enablers and Obstacles to TWP at USAID and within Implementers - Adapt Consulting and USAID
    • Table 7: Embedding TWP into Projects and Building TWP Leadership - USAID Civil Society Strengthening Project in Zimbabwe, Pact

12:00 PM: Pick up lunch sponsored by RTI International

12:30 PM: Report Out and Discussion

  • FacilitatorSharon Van Pelt, Democracy and Governance Practice Director, Chemonics

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.

For more information contact Paul Sherman at: events@sidw.org