How can Transparency and Accountability Interventions Make Development Work?
Problems with development projects arise not from lack of resources, but how resources and use. Openness and sustained public engagement can ensure that good policies are implemented.
Promoting Citizen Agency
Develop an understanding of the local context and relationships, which will help with the capacity to read the political climate, adapt accordingly, and seize opportunities as they arise.
How to Define Success
The definition of success should be elastic, so it can detect and value short-term effects, while keeping an eye on big picture/longer-term outcomes.
Focus on Learning Instead of Results
Donor reporting requirements and focus on results is often antithetical to the above two points; it would be much more meaningful if donors rewarded and valued flexibility of design and learning from experience.