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Working in Fragile States: Lessons for Policy and Practice

Friday 08 June 2018

On Wednesday 6 June, the Centre for Development Results (CDR) launched the collection of essays ‘Working in Fragile States: Lessons for Policy and Practice’ at the House of Lords in London.

The essays have been authored by CDR’s member organisations, including IMC, and can be accessed by clicking here.

The publication shares the expertise and knowledge CDR members have developed through delivering donor-funded international development programmes in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS). The essays also aim to contribute to DFID’s knowledge sharing and learning agenda and shape future policy and practice.

The publication is wide-ranging in scope and geography, and includes both emergency situations and longer-term fragile contexts.

The IMC essay ‘Adaptive Programming in South Sudan’ was authored by Richard Edwards, IMC Senior Technical Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, and Natalie Forcier, Founder of Forcier Consulting, a research, monitoring and evaluation firm operating across Africa and the Middle East.

In the essay, we share our experience of delivering the Evidence and Learning Facility in South Sudan (ELFSS), implemented by an IMC-led team which also includes Forcier Consulting.

South Sudan suffers development challenges left by decades of war. The internal conflict, which broke out in 2013, has resulted in famine, claims of ethnic cleansing, widespread violence and attacks on aid workers.

ELFSS aims to evaluate and generate learning from the Humanitarian and Resilience Programme (HARISS), which the DFID has funded since 2014 to provide millions of South Sudanese with food, shelter and access to water and health services. ELFSS assesses the impact of UK humanitarian support and helps DFID South Sudan and its implementing partners improve aid delivery.

In this volatile context, adaptive programming that prioritises learning and ongoing improvement is key.

Adaptive programming offers a real opportunity for those involved in delivering development interventions to fine-tune them or scale them up based on timely feedback on what works. The challenge will be to do that rigorously, based on evidence we have confidence in and thereby move away from relying on hunches.

– Richard Edwards, Senior Technical Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, IMC Worldwide

The launch event reflected on the lessons that emerged from the collection and considered how donors and practitioners can use new technologies and innovative approaches in the delivery of humanitarian and long-term development programmes in fragile states.

Speakers included Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale, Jessica Toale, Executive Director, Centre for Development Results, Andrea Malouf, Head of Consulting, Aktis Strategy, Amalia Johnsson, Head of Financial Sector Development, Nathan, and James Naughton, Project Manager, Promoting Inclusive Markets in Somalia, DAI.

Photo: UNHCR staff assist refugees arriving at the Doro camp in South Sudan, close to the border with neighbouring Sudan. Nearly 50,000 refugees have arrived here in recent months. Robert Stansfield/Department for International Development.

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