Shoulder to Shoulder, the final paper in AGI's Art of Delivery series, shows how international organisations can better support government delivery.
The author, Dan Hymowitz, explains: "When international organizations work with governments on delivery, it looks like it's about helping create reporting templates, dashboards and meeting schedules. In reality, what's more important is whether staff can work effectively together with government colleagues and within local politics to figure out a system that works."
This latest paper bridges the gap between two trends in international development - delivery and Doing Development Differently (DDD). It provides practical recommendations for funding and implementing organisations who want to use DDD's lessons on the importance of local context, politics and adaptation, to help them better support governments to deliver services for their citizens, such as roads, electricity and healthcare.
AGI is uniquely placed to comment on this, having worked on delivery in 10 African countries over the last eight years. "We wanted to share what we've been learning," Dan Hymowitz explained, "because governments and international organizations are setting up delivery units all over the world. Delivery has huge potential but if systems are just copied across countries it will become another development fad, that fails to reach its potential and falls by the wayside."