Insight

AGI started with a set of insights about how to make government work better, to deliver change and reduce poverty. The fundamentals of prioritisation, planning and performance management apply everywhere. But we’ve learned that they have to be tailored to fit the specific needs of each country – the system to manage road building for example doesn’t need to look the same in Rwanda and Liberia as long as they both work.

We’ve learned that it’s not just what we work on that matters, it’s how we work on it. Change ultimately comes from within a country and so we have to think deeply about how best to support governments to make change happen. 

And we’ve learned from thinking and experience around the world, as part of a community that’s trying to do development differently, using innovative approaches that are government led and adapt quickly to what’s working and what isn’t.

This section shares some of the things we’ve learned along the way.

We’re part of a wider community that’s looking to do development differently… we’ve found this group really useful to learn from as we think about how we can have more impact.
Dan Hymowitz - Head of Insight and Learning, AGI
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27th June 2016
The third paper in AGI's Art of delivery series, focuses on the importance of customizing delivery mechanisms to achieve results. It gives an insight into delivery adaptations in some of AGI's partner countries.
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4th February 2016
"Too much science, not enough art" argues that there is too much focus on the technical aspects of government delivery and not enough on the vital political levers of implementation.

Nov 2014

Oct 2014

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24th October 2014
This blog looks at the predictions around how many people will get Ebola and explaining why it is necessary to plan for the worst.
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24th October 2014
AGI’s Andy Ratcliffe and Dan Hymowitz met with leading development practitioners and researchers this week at an event organized by the Harvard Kennedy School and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to learn from cutting edge ways of working in development that are emerging around the world.
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17th October 2014
How responding to Ebola is a coordination challenge as well as a medical one.
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16th October 2014
How aid donors can make their aid more politically realistic.

Jun 2014

May 2014

Mar 2014

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3rd March 2014
In 1991 under the de facto control of Pablo Escobar’s cartel, Medellin, Colombia wasn’t just a dangerous city, it was the world’s deadliest.

Jan 2014

Nov 2013

Oct 2013

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3rd October 2013
“We can come out with beautiful policies, but policies alone will not do the job.” President John Mahama of Ghana captured the challenge political leaders face in bridging the gap between the vision and the reality, the plan and the results.
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3rd October 2013
This week political leaders from six countries announced that they were forming a network to share knowledge about what works and what doesn’t in delivering government services to citizens.