May 2008 saw the first in an emergent series of meetings exploring the implications of complexity for development.

“What does complexity thinking mean for development interventions?  This innovation dialogue offers a unique opportunity for exploring how emerging insights from the complexity sciences and systems thinking, combined with field practice, could reshape assumptions about the design, monitoring and evaluation of development work.  What does it mean to shift from compliance with external standards to investing in capacities for navigating complexity?”

The meeting report can be downloaded here and presentations and video interviews are available here

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About Ben Ramalingam

I am a researcher and writer specialising on international development and humanitarian issues. I am currently working on a number of consulting and advisory assignments for international agencies. I am also writing a book on complexity sciences and international aid which will be published by Oxford University Press. I hold Senior Research Associate and Visiting Fellow positions at the Institute of Development Studies, the Overseas Development Institute, and the London School of Economics.

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