Summary of meeting London Sept 2014
|Monday 15th September|
|8:30 – 9:00||Pre workshop coffee/tea|
|9:00 – 9.30||Welcome and introduction. Graham Teskey, DFAT
Introduction of participants
Summary of November Delhi and January London meetings; TWP vs traditional approaches
Rules of the game: no repetition, hesitation or deviation
Agenda and Objectives for this workshop
1. What do we all want from the TWP agenda?
In short – a summary of where each agency is and where they aspire to going
2. Defining the essence of TWP
Clarifying the questions and moving toward some sort of template for TWP
3. Strategy for taking TWP forward
|09:30 – 11:00
|Agenda item (1) What do we all want from the TWP agenda?
· Donors (WB, DFID, DFAT, USAID, UNDP, DANIDA)
· Think tanks, researchers, consultants (OECD, TAF, ECDPM, UoB, ODI, OPM, October Gallery)
Session structure: Chair: Tom Parks
Discussion: each participant summarizes what they want from this agenda: picking up one or two key issues from the following:
· What makes a program politically savvy?
· What constitutes success in a TWP approach?
· What does a TWP approach say about the ToC?
· How do we know if accounts of TWP are spin and stories, or a real break from traditional practice?
· What are the factors behind any success in your organisations (risk-takers, mavericks or something more systematic?
Some of this will be about flexibility, non-linearity, and shaping the modalities and incentives for aid programs. But an essential part of this will be about strategy and sophistication in terms of understanding the context, orientation to political forces, and theory of change.
Each agency come prepared to say clearly what they have been doing with TWP in their own agencies, what they want from this meeting, and what their thinking is on next steps (session 3 tomorrow).
Short (4-5 min) statements, bullet points, no presentations. It would be excellent if colleagues could come with a one pager for circulation answering these questions.
Output: Collective awareness of different agendas
|11:00 – 11:20||Tea / Coffee|
|11:20 – 13:00||Agenda item (2) Defining the essence of TWP
This session should attempt to answer the question “how have TWP projects been structured in practice?”
(a) Questions on WHAT MAKES A TWP PROGRAM DISTINCTIVE?
(b) Then some questions on MANAGING TWP PROGRAMS?
Session structure: Chair: Neil McCulloch
Introduction from Tom Parks (introducing the above framing – power point)
Short 2-3 minute reflections from USAID (tbd), DFID (tbd), WB (Verena Fritz/Deryck Brown), NORAD / DANIDA (tbd) and DFAT (Graham Teskey), approach and interpretation of the above.
Output: Agreement on critical features of what it means to be TWP
|13:00 – 14:00||Lunch|
|14:00 – 15:45||Agenda item (2) Defining the essence of TWP (cont)
This session will consider what we are learning from current action research and other initiatives
Chair: Michael O’Keefe
Presentation: Sue Unsworth (October Gallery): ‘Politically smart, locally led development’ and Heather Marquette,(DLP) Action Research
Output: Agreement on next steps
|15:45 – 16:00||Tea / Coffee|
|16:00 – 17:00||Agenda item (2) Defining the essence of TWP (cont)
This session will discuss the proposed guidance ‘template’
Chair Alan Whaites
Introduction from Sue Unsworth / Graham Teskey
Output: Agreement on outline format for guidance and next steps
|17:00 – 17:15||Rounding off the day: where have we got to?
Chair: Tom Wingfield
|Tuesday 16th September|
|09:00 – 09:30||TWP: “Flagship” Proposal: Neil McCulloch (OPM)
Outputs: decision on if / how to proceed
|09:30 – 11:00||Agenda item (3): Strategy for taking TWP forward
The purpose of this session is to consider ways to persuade the 95% of donor agency staff that have no interest in, or incentive to, TWP, as well as how to frame the issue for skeptical and hard-to-change donor organisations.
Chair: Heather Marquette
Presentation of thoughts and reflections: WB, DFID, DFAT, UNDP, DAC
|11:00 – 11:15||Tea / Coffee|
|11:15 – 12:30||Open discussion: where next for the CoP?
Chair: Graham Teskey