Doing development differently

Sharing what works, defining terms, and fostering a new community of practice: ODI and partners are bringing together donors and practitioners to rethink how we do development.

Development programmes often have a limited impact, especially when targeting improved governance and service delivery by the state.

New approaches and tools for designing, implementing and evaluating development projects are emerging around several common themes: being problem-driven; iterative with lots of learning; and engaging teams and coalitions, often producing hybrid solutions that are ‘fit to context’ and politically smart. The Doing Development Differently manifesto (pdf), signed by over 400 development thinkers and practitioners, outlines this approach.

This page brings together ODI’s work on expanding the evidence base for doing development differently in practice, with examples illustrated through case studies, interviews, videos from our events and commentary.

Case studies


Our experts on 'doing development differently'