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Is open access worth it? Maybe not yet, but we should still do it!

During the impact evaluation of the Millennium Villages project in northern Ghana, we opened up our datasets for wider scrutiny. It was an arduous and often painful journey, taking years just to make small steps forward. On reflection, I do often wonder whether it was worth it. Read on for our story, and why in the end I’d probably do it again!

While the data …

Linking mine action to development: the need for generating evidence of longer-term change

With the annual UN International Mine Awareness Day on April 4, Jason Collodi and Tom Gillhespy from Itad’s Fragile and Conflict-Affected States team outline the importance of linking mine action to longer-term change.

Our recent trip to Somaliland to assess a de-mining programme was enlightening. The programme operates in the border areas with Ethiopia, at the …

Why funders need to practice adaptive portfolio management to support systems change

Much like traditional investors, development funders often manage portfolios of investments. But what does it mean to manage a portfolio, rather than a collection of grants? And how can you ensure a portfolio adds up to more than the sum of its individual parts?

These are important questions for funders given their unique position in funding social change.  …