Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Evidence that the (development) world is getting better

...a new approach to monitoring and evaluation ;-)

I have recently been reviewing the language we use, in the world of development aid, and come to conclusion that there is an accumulating body of evidence that the world is getting better.

Here are some examples of changes I have noticed. If you have noticed other similar changes, please post them as Comments below.

  • In the past we only had projects, now we have initiatives (updated 20 May 2010) 
    • In the past we only had projects, but we have interventions (June 2011, see DFID Business Plan How to Do guidance)
  • In the past we had plans, but now we have strategies 
  • In the past we did research, but now we do analytic work 
  • In the past we interpreted data, but now we are involved in sensemaking  (updated 29 May 2010) 
  • In the past we just had stories, but now we have narratives  (updated 29 May 2010) 
  • In the past we just did monitoring and evaluation, but now we do management for development results (MDR)
  •  In the past we were concerned about coordination, but now we are concerned about harmonisation 
  • In the past we only wanted things to work but now we expect them to be fit-for-purpose 
  • In the past we only had interests, but now we have passions 
  • In the past we had problems, but now we only have issues 
  • In the past we only had news, but now we have breaking news 
  • In the past we were just donors, but now we are development partners 
  • In the past we were just NGOs, but now we are Civil Society Organisations 
  • In the past we had some concepts that were not very practically useful but now we have "sensitising concepts" 
  • In the past we took a particular persepective... now we have an analytical lens (13 April 2011) 
  • In the past we used to stimulate discussion, but now we open a space for a dialogue (or versions thereof) (14 April 2011) 
  • In the past we used to ask a question or make a point in a conference, but now we make an intervention (or is this now also passe?) (14 April 2011)
  • In the past we used to search the internet, but now we do horizon scanning work (July 17, 2012)

7 comments:

  1. In the past we had "manipulation", now we have "participation" (participulation)

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  2. In the past we had 'needs', now we have 'rights'

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  3. I could get into this! With acknowledgements to Silvio: In the past we had 'participation', now we have 'leadership'

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  4. I used to be a fundraiser now I am a resource mobiliser working on partnerships....

    Clare Creo

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  6. In the past we had "wars" now we have "armed conflicts"

    In the past we had "audiences" and now we have "stakeholders"

    In the past we had "VFL" and now we have "AFL" (sorry Melbourne joke)

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  7. in the past we were beneficiairies now we are actors

    in the past we were checked now we are learning

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