Aid on the Edge of Chaos is a blog started in October 2009 which aims to provide the latest, up-to-date information on initiatives, meetings and reports related to complexity sciences and international aid.
It is hoped that the blog will provide a means for connecting up the emerging community of practitioners interested in alternatives to linear, mechanistic approaches to development.
From time to time, ideas and reflections will be shared on the blog with the aim of generating productive online conversation and discussion. Contributions are welcome from those with experience and insights on how aid agencies might better take account of the ideas of complexity science in aid policy and practice. Think pieces should be no longer than 1500 words long (maximum), and be written in a clear and accessible style for a general audience.
If you have any questions about this blog, or any suggestions and ideas about how it might be improved, please post them in the Comments below.
The blog is written, administered and edited by Ben Ramalingam, lead author of a 2008 Overseas Development Institute working paper ‘Exploring the Science of Complexity: Ideas and Implications for International Development and Humanitarian Efforts’. More publications of relevance to aid and complexity can be found on the Publications page of this Blog. Ben is currently working on a book on complexity sciences and international aid, which will be published by Oxford University Press, and from which this blog gets its name.
Contact Ben via email: b.ramalingam(at)odi.org.uk