Author: Jaime Faustino and David Booth
Full Citation: Faustino, J., & Booth, D. (2014). Development entrepreneurship: How donors and leaders can foster institutional change. Working politically in practice series – Case studies no 2. San Francisco, CA: The Asia Foundation, London, UK: Overseas Development Institute.
Overview: In this provocative paper from ODI and the Asia Foundation, Faustino and Booth argue that the evidence is clear:
- institutions shape development outcomes, and
- institutional reform involves power and politics.
- Use the logic that allows goals to emerge from the varied imagination and diverse aspirations of local committed leaders and the people you work with;
- Use monitoring for iterative learning: choosing “measures that matter”. These measures tell you, and your stakeholders and partners, how well you are moving towards meaningful outcomes.
- Learn by doing: start small, evolve from ‘educated guesses’ about what will work well based on feedback from measures that matter; use ‘failed attempts’ as opportunities to learn and improve
- Evolve your theory of change based on this feedback. Drop what isn’t working; seek creative ways forward: “Successful interventions develop a series of time and context specific theories of change.”