Seminar series on Evidence, knowledge and power in international development policy and
Rich nations invest more than one hundred billion dollars each year in support of the development of poor economies. European nations, both individually and collectively as the European Commission, are the leading source of development aid. Dedicated public agencies in Europe employ more than 20,000 professionals to promote overseas development.
What do we know about the impact of this massive expenditure of material and human resources? How do we assess the successes and failures of development policies and programmes? What knowledge guides the policies that guide this endeavour, and how is evidence from the field factored into new policies and programs?
These questions will be addressed in a seminar series organized under the auspices of IDS-Helsinki, Finland; RUC and DIIS, Denmark; and the IDS-Sussex, United Kingdom. Funding has been obtained from Norface. Ole Therkildsen is the contact person at DIIS.
Background paper for the UNCTAD 2008 report on Least Developed Countries
UNCTAD has commissioned Ole Therkildsen to write a paper on “Public Administration Reform and Government Capacity Building.” It will review the experience over the last two decades with efforts to implement public administration reform and enhance government capacity in LDC’s and offer suggestions for enhancing the role of the public sector in improving productive sector capacities.
Elites and the New Poverty Agenda. A comparative study
This research proposal was submitted to the Danish Research Council in March 2007. It is a comparative study of the political economy of elite support for and/or resistance to the implementation of pro-poor productive sector initiatives included in the latest PRSP in five countries: Bangladesh, Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda
The collaborating institutions are: Institute for Democratic Governance, Ghana; Centro de Estudos de Democracia e Desenvolvimento (Centre for Democracy and Development Studies), Mozambique Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Dar as Salaam, Tanzania; Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark; Department of Public Administration, Dhaka University, Bangladesh; Department of Political Science, University of Aarhus, Denmark; Department of Economics and Management, Makerere University, Uganda.
The research council’s decision on the application is expected at the end of August