What do we mean by results?

All of us in the development field want ‘results,’ presumably – but what does this mean? Does the focus on results translate into top-down, centralised, short-termism, or do we (development practitioners, donors, foundations, experts of one hue or another) see results in terms of long term sustainable change, that works for the communities we’re rooting for?

This piece on DfID’s results agenda highlights the political and contextual aspects of the results agenda, and unpacks the implications – not all bad, but not all good either.

Results are not always what they seem, it appears.

via 20 years of DFID’s Results Agenda | From Poverty to Power

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