Turning Development on its Head!

OILD is dedicated to building the innovative operating approaches that systematically achieve sustainable development. The key lies in facilitating local leaders and practitioners to take charge of their own development – so they can learn how to make it work – and reformatting the government and donor inputs from outside each "grassroots-connected" region, so they can also get huge benefits in increased results and lowered costs from participating in this new mechanism.

Our “head on the ground” approach needs much less resource per development result than the more expensive and less effective "head in the clouds" model in use now. Why? Because it targets needs holistically, builds learning locally and avoids expensive parallel donor infrastructures which (while liberally sprinkled with good intentions) usually add little value.

We know how to make all this work in practice. In African regions we facilitate building the sustainable mechanisms that operate the new framework for development. We work with regional leaders and practitioners to assess a region’s readiness, and plan how, in coordinated stages, to move it from where it is to full development sustainability.

We also assess donor effectiveness, make recommendations and work with donors and NGOs to implement the changes they need to become genuinely customer driven. This creates a much more compelling story for donor development - those who pioneer these innovative approaches are making step changes in effectiveness. This also means they will grow the fastest.

Developing country partners we work with include Kabarole Research and Resource Centre - a leading African Civil Society, Mountains of the Moon University - a groundbreaking African regional community college, and of course all national host governments.

We are also building a list of best practice donors and NGOs whom we connect to the regions - ones eager to support this new model of giving the information to the customers, to help them configure, choose and lead. Population Media Center and the International Food Policy Research Institute are examples of 'early adopters'.

Progress reports, plus insights and comments on our activities, will be posted for your review and feedback. Please download documents, add your comments to a posting, or contact us if we can help. All the better if you think you can play a role! The email address is john.oild@gmail.com

10 June 2008

Operating Innovation for Locally Owned Development

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