Exploring the ‘big issues’ of Global Poverty and Planning in International Development

9 February 2017
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At a long weekend at the delightful Cumberland Lodge, in Great Windsor Park, 65 particpants from the London School of Economics and Political Science were introducted to a series of planning tools including the Theory of Change and the Logical Framework Approach by Philip Dearden.

The weekend started on the Friday night with the screening of the film Poverty Inc to explore international development policies and practices.

Saturday workshop sessions were led by Philip Dearden and included some short presentations and a case study approach to examine the advantages/disadvantages and the actual practicalities of developing a Theory of Change and/or a Logical Framework to assist developing planning.

Martin Samuelsen from KMPG, a former student, gave a lecture on Results Based Management (RBM) as used in the Norwegian Aid Programme, reinforcing some of the key ideas from the workshop sessions.

On the Sunday, in contrast to the RBM approach to measure change, Professor David Lewis of the London School of Economics and Political Science explored the use of Novels as a source of development data/evidence. This fascinating session demonstrated that in development work we all need to be open minded and think critically about beliefs systems and the assumptions we make.

Left – Martin Samuelsen from KMPG, a former student, giving a lecture on Results Based Management as used in Norwegian Aid Programme.

Right – A lovely “group selfie” by Jhon Edinson Lugo an MSc Social Policy and Development student from Colombia.