BBL | Doing Development Differently: Politically Smart and Adaptive Approaches to Address Governance and Accountability Constraints in Service Delivery

November 17, 2015
The Global Partnership for Social Accountability with the Public Service Delivery Global Solutions Group and the Governance Global Practice invite you to a Brown Bag Lunch:


Doing Development Differently:  Politically Smart and Adaptive Approaches to Address Governance and Accountability Constraints in Service Delivery


Tuesday, November 17, 2015
12:30 –2:00pm
Room J4-044
701 18th Street NW Washington DC 



Watch "Adapting Development: How Local Reformers Revolutionised Land Rights in the Philippines" here.
View the ODI PPT here



Leni Wild

Head of Politics and Governance Programme
Overseas Development Institute

Richard Ssewakiryanga

Executive Director
Uganda National NGO Forum

Charlotte Oernemark
Knowledge & Learning 

Hassane Cisse

Director, Governance and Inclusive Institutions
Governance Global Practice, the World Bank

The Overseas Development Institute’s work on governance and accountability for service delivery calls for approaches which are politically smart, agile and adaptive. Drawing on over five years of political economy research, in a variety of sectors, their research finds that more effective initiatives share a number of common features – they work in problem-driven and politically informed ways, they are adaptive, entrepreneurial and learning in their approach, and they support change that reflects local realities and is locally led. These principles have been captured in a manifesto on 'Doing Development Differently' which has been signed up to by people in over 60 countries. ODI researcher Leni Wild will share some of the main findings of this work, and reflections on her recent advisory support to a number of large accountability programmes.


This event is part of the GPSA Brown Bag Lunch series.
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Leni Wild is Head of the Politics and Governance Programme at ODI, and an experienced researcher with over twelve years’ in policy advice and support.  She currently leads a programme of work at ODI on the politics of service delivery that identifies politically smart and adaptive approaches to address governance and accountability constraints to services. She has a particular interest in the health and water sectors, and regularly provides training in political economy methods and context analysis as part of the design of accountability programmes. She frequently provides policy advice to a range of bilateral and multilateral agencies, including DFID and the World Bank, as well as a number of large INGOs. Her country experience includes China, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Uganda. Leni previously managed education programmes in Sierra Leone and Northern Uganda, for a UK-based education charity, and was a Research Fellow in the International Programme at the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr), providing tailored policy advice and briefings, with a focus on the UK government.

Richard Ssewakiryanga is currently the Executive Director of the Uganda National NGO Forum which he joined in September 2008. From 1998 he was the National Team Leader for Participatory Poverty Assessments in Uganda at the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and also spent a year as the in-charge coordinating the secretariat for the revision of the Poverty Eradication Action Plan/Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper for Uganda for 2007/8. He is a Policy Anthropologist and his work has spanned several fields including qualitative and participatory poverty research that informed Uganda’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper.  In 2007 he supported the Office of the Prime Minister in Uganda to develop the National Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy where he still serves as a member of the Uganda Government National Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group, the Public Sector Management Working Group and the Aid Partnership Policy Sub Committee.  He has just finalized a four year term as the Co-Chair for the Global CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness.  Before joining the Ministry of Finance, he worked for OXFAM Great Britain as a Policy and Advocacy Officer.  He is also a part time Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Basic Research in Kampala where he has researched and published in several areas of social and economic development. 

Charlotte Ørnemark has worked as an international consultant in the area of evidence-based communications and learning-oriented monitoring and evaluation for the last 15+ years before joining the knowledge and learning team of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) at the World Bank (April 2015). She has also been actively involved in setting up engagement mechanisms between State and Non-State actors (civil society, private sector and economic and social partners) in Kenya and Sierra Leone, and in bridging dialogue between actors based on participatory monitoring processes in a number of countries in Africa and Asia. She has also served as a long-term consultant to strengthen results-based management and to provide capacity building support to NGOs in Sida’s civil society portfolio to deepen democracy in Western Balkans and in Turkey. Following her work on Strategy & Innovation at the European Center for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), she has also served as Technical Adviser for the EU in the Kenyan Ministry of Finance including on setting up a mechanism for engagement between the Government and civil society. 

Hassane Cissé is currently Director, Governance and Inclusive Institutions, Governance Global Practice, at the World Bank. In this capacity, he leads a department composed of teams of experts to support countries in building sustainable, inclusive, and trustworthy governance systems. Key areas of focus include citizen engagement and social accountability mechanisms, institutional reform and strengthening in respect of justice and rule of law institutions, legislatures, independent accountability mechanisms, centers of government and other areas of public sector management. Previously, Mr. Cissé was Deputy General Counsel, Knowledge and Research of the World Bank from 2009 to June 2014. In this capacity, he managed the Bank’s advisory work on legal and justice reforms, and led the Bank’s knowledge activities on law, justice and development. Prior to this role, he served for several years as Chief Counsel for Operations Policy, and as legal advisor on Governance and Anti-corruption. Prior to joining the World Bank in 1997, Mr. Cissé worked at the International Monetary Fund where he started his professional career in 1990. Mr. Cissé has lectured and published widely. He has in particular co-edited several volumes of The World Bank Legal Review. He serves on several international boards and is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Justice and its Meta Council on Global Governance Architecture. Mr. Cissé holds an LL.B. from the Dakar University School of Law, in Senegal, and a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (D.E.A.) in international law from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas. He received his D.E.A. in international economic law from the Sorbonne, where he also obtained a D.E.A. in African history. He also holds an LL.M. from Harvard University.