Changing the way we change the world

Opinion: Want to improve development outcomes? Anticipate the failures. Here’s how.

We’ve all been in this meeting — you know the one — where knowledgeable people have concerns but are reluctant to express reservations about a project. So plans march forward, while those who might have valuable insights keep quiet. The result for the global health and development sector is that far too many projects fail. There is a better way. So if you take away just one message today, let it be this: “Imagining that an event has already occurred increases the ability to correctly identify reasons for future outcomes by 30 percent.”

Read more in Susan Davis’s opinion piece in Devex.

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