Monday, 24 May 2010


By Julia Day

We have a packed room here at the Institute of Development Studies for the first day of the Beyond Scaling Up workshop organised by the STEPS Centre and our affiliate partner Future Health Systems. And very surprisingly, for the UK, summer appears to have arrived on time to welcome our 50 or so guests.

The workshop is intended to challenge the thinking behind prevailing concpets of 'scaling up' in the health sector. First, rather than understanding scaling up as a process that can be abstracted from its setting and controlled and synthesised as a set of 'how to do' methods, it brings context to centre stage and explores the often determinining role of political economy factors in success or failure. Second, it seeks to refocus the debate on institutional development and organisational learning as critically neglected areas of the current scaling up agenda.

There are two objectives for this two-day workshop. The first is to explore approaches that have fostered innovation, rapid learning and large scale impact in the health sector that incorporate context and social arrnagements as central to learning and change. The second objective is to identify practical approaches for collaboration between innovators, researchers, governments and funding agencies to strengthen the capacity of health systems to meet the needs of the poor.

So, we are looking forward to two days of debate and innovative ideas for action on how to progress. The speakers at this meeting are people with practical experience of implementing change and analysis of health systems and the management of change. Among the delegates we have members of governmental departments, business and no-for-profit organisations as well as those involved in funding major health initiatives, and some practitioners from outside the health sector, in order to foster cross-sector learning.
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Wednesday, 19 May 2010


Here's an interactive world map showing all the roundtables, with links to video and reports. (Courtesy of Google Maps) Read more


Picture: Manifesto Roundtables world map (Google maps)

We've put together a list of all the Roundtables for the Manifesto project, with links to multimedia and reports from each one.

Final count: 21 roundtables, across 4 continents, over 11 months.

Roundtables have been held in:

Kathmandu, Nepal
Brighton, UK x5
The Hague, Netherlands
Abuja, Nigeria
Nairobi, Kenya x2
Delhi, India
Bangalore, India
Harare, Zimbabwe
Caracas, Venezuela
Buenos Aires, Colombia
Cali, Colombia
Beijing, China
Sangamner, India
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Maharashtra, India

For more about the roundtables and why they happened, visit the New Manifesto website.
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Thursday, 13 May 2010


"Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto" is being launched on 15 June with an all-day event at the Royal Society.

Space at the launch is limited, but you can email us to register for a place.

This New Manifesto recommends a new politics of innovation, forty years after the "Sussex Manifesto" helped shape modern thinking on science and technology for development.

The programme includes responses from speakers from around the globe, including Practical Action, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Nankai University (China) and authors of African and Indian manifestos.

> Register: email
> Launch event page (Manifesto website)
> Draft programme (PDF)

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Following the appointment of Andrew Mitchell MP as Secretary of State for International Development, IDS Director Professor Lawrence Haddad shares his views on what the future holds for DFID and what the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat agreement means for international development.

Professor Haddad has been closely following the work of Andrew Mitchell MP for the past two and a half years and has watched with interest as the Conservative party’s policy positions have evolved over that time. Read his blog Development Horizons for his response to the latest political developments.
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