August 2013|admin|

Matt Andrews, governance expert and Associate Professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School, sat down with ODI’s Ryan Flynn to talk about his new book – The Limits of Institutional Reform in Development.

Matt critiques the international community’s approach to institutional reform in developing countries, arguing that it is often short-termist and ill-suited to local contexts. He suggests a new approach, which he has coined Problem Driven Iterative Adaption (PDIA), is needed if reforms are to take root and truly affect change.

Matt also discusses the problem with governance indicators; and whether the so-called ‘arms-length’ organisations may be better suited in helping to deliver institutional change (short answer: ‘the jury is still out’).

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