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Over the last few years, my involvement with these professional and academic networks has been bringing new ideas, experiences and opportunities to my teaching and my research at Massey:
I use and build bridges between development practioners and development researchers and I believe public debate, public discussion, and public speaking about development issues can be pillars under those bridges:
For about 25 years, I have worked with development programmes in Africa; as manager, trainer, researcher, or evaluator. Most of my activities relate to local governance, particularly education and health services. Since a few years, I also engage with aid programmes in the Pacific.
The use of participatory methods in programme-design, policy-making and research are central elements in my activities. Other important elements are the design and ownership of indicators to measure change.
I am happy Massey is willing to employ me part-time. This enables me to remain professionally involved with another university and aid agencies, building mutually enriching networks.
I am interested in using and building bridges between the work of practitioners and the work of researchers in three spheres:
Development programmes in practice
Development policies and politics
Teaching and researching development work
My activities around indicators are relevant for both researchers as well as practitioners. This comes together practically in an interactive database of over 300 very diverse documents about indicators. This article outlines the background and purpose of the database and this one-minute video clip highlights its content. Please contact me for obtaining free access to this database.
Resource Development and Management
Field of research codes
Human Geography (160400): International Relations (160607): Other Studies in Human Society (169900): Policy and Administration (160500): Political Science (160600): Studies In Human Society (160000)
Project Title: Use of development indicators
Date Range: 2012 - 2013
Funding Body: Massey University
My classes are quite often a mix of 'training in technical skills' followed by 'critical reflection on the application'. As an example, you may want to sit back and check out this audio-visual recording of a postgraduate class on the design and application of logframes as an important management tool in development practice (47'37").
Here's a thought I found worth sharing: “If the student is not better than the teacher, then the teacher is a failure.” (Allen Ginsberg, quoting a Buddhist saying)