SUNY CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Adaptive Management Course Working Effectively in the Complexity of International Development

Event Description: 

In the last few years, “Adaptive Management” (AM) and “complexity-aware monitoring and evaluation and learning” have gone viral as new development catchwords. Networks of donors, practitioners and researchers, such as ‘Doing Development Differently’, ‘Thinking and Working Politically’ and ‘Adaptive Management’ have developed thinking, explored current practice and are starting to propose new approaches that recognize that to be effective, international development programmes need to address the complexity and unpredictability of the contexts in which we work.

Designed by practitioners for practitioners, this 5-day course offers a blend of grounded theory which helps us to understand the importance of complexity, the need for Adaptive Management (AM), and its applications for international development programming. Presentations, discussions, case studies and clinics, where participants bring their own challenges and dilemmas into the room for discussion, will help participants to gain insights about the benefits and limitations of mainstream M&E and results-based management tools, and to consider when and why AM approaches, systems and tools are needed. The course will review selected M&E tools and management processes that support adaptive management and explore paths that participants can use to institutionalize AM practice in their own work. This course could be a helpful prerequisite for the associated module, Outcome Harvesting for Complex Development Programmes.

Location: Piazza Trento e Trieste, 1, Bologna 40137, Italy

Date: June 11, 2018 – June 15, 2018 (1 week)

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