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Friday, 12 September 2014

What is a Data Revolution and why is it Necessary?

‘Too often, development efforts have been hampered by a lack of the most basic data about the social and economic circumstances in which people live... Stronger monitoring and evaluation at all levels, and in all processes of development (from planning to implementation) will help guide decision making, update priorities and ensure accountability’ - Bali Communiqué of the High-Level Panel, March 28, 2013

‘Knowledge is Power’ is an adage we are all familiar with. The message being that having and sharing knowledge is the basis for improving an individual’s or organisation’s influence and reputation. The explosion of electronic records, ever growing internet coverage and more mobile phones than there are people means that there is no shortage of information with which to gain this influence and reputation. But information sources are arguably not being utilised as effectively as they should. Either this is because the information is simply not being collected, or methods of analysis are not sufficient. This is why at last year’s UN High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, chaired by the Presidents of Liberia and Indonesia and the UK’s Prime Minister, a data revolution was called for to ‘improve the quality of statistics and information available’.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Preparing for East Africa’s Single Currency

The promise of economic development and prosperity hinges on our integration’ – Uhuru Kenyatta

The EAC – formed of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda - is currently undergoing a bold integration plan with the intention of creating ‘a prosperous, competitive, secure and politically united East Africa’. A Common Market has already been established, the first stage of a scheme to allow citizens to cross borders using National I.D. cards has been implemented, and talks have begun with an aim to expand the EAC to include the fragile states of South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia.

But, by far the most ambitious aspect of the EAC’s integration strategy is the plan to create a single currency for the region; a plan that was set in motion when the five heads of state signed an agreement to create a monetary union within the next ten years. So, will this currency union benefit the region or create problems? And what does the EAC need to do to make this proposed currency union a success?

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

10 Ways to Drive Transformation in your Organisation

RIPA International works with organisations and public service departments from all around the world and one of the most common mistakes we see is a failure to adjust for the needs of change until productivity has already noticeably declined. By then the problems have taken root and rectifying them is both costly and time consuming. This is why we believe transformation should be a continuous process and leaders need to implement change before the organisation starts to regress. Think evolution as opposed to revolution.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The Administration of Justice

"Justice delayed is Justice denied." It’s a well down saying although its origins are obscure. The sentiment, if not the exact words, can be found in the Magna Carta of 1215, clause 40 of which reads, "To no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice." However some claim it can be found in much earlier documents. Wherever it comes from, it echoes through history as a key principle of judicial function. Martin Luther King Jr used the phrase in the form "justice too long delayed is justice denied," in a letter smuggled out of jail in 1963, ascribing it to "one of our distinguished jurists".

Friday, 9 May 2014

Water in Sierra Leone

Jim Brooks, a RIPA International learning consultant, has just returned from Freetown, Sierra Leone where he has been working with senior managers from the Ministry of Water Resources and other government departments to improve capital programming and project management  - a capacity building initiative organised by Adam Smith International.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Choosing between Education and Training

The words “education” and “training” are often used interchangeably, but it is important to recognise the differences between them. Both relate to development, but whereas educating is predominately concerned with knowledge, training focuses foremost on skills. Education is usually theory-based and broad in scope. Its purpose is to introduce the mind to a wide knowledge base and encourage independent thought. This is particularly effective amongst young minds, which is why many of us automatically associate education with our school days. Training, on the other hand, is far more practical and targeted in focus; often dedicated to the learning of a single skill. Put simply the difference is this: education is learning about things, training is learning how to do things.