Ideas to Action:

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Seminar

Navigation by Judgment

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Featuring

Daniel Honig
Assistant Professor of International Development, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Moderator

Charles Kenny
Director of Technology and Development and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

In Navigation by Judgment, Dan Honig argues that high-quality implementation of foreign aid programs often requires contextual information that cannot be seen by those in distant headquarters. Tight controls and a focus on reaching pre-set measurable targets often prevent front-line workers from using skill, local knowledge, and creativity to solve problems in ways that maximize the impact of foreign aid. Drawing on a novel database of over 14,000 discrete development projects across nine aid agencies and eight paired case studies of development projects, Honig concludes that aid agencies will often benefit from giving field agents the authority to use their own judgments to guide aid delivery. This “navigation by judgment” is particularly valuable when environments are unpredictable and when accomplishing an aid program’s goals is hard to accurately measure.

 

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Director of Technology and Development and Senior Fellow

Tuesday, May 29
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch will be available starting at 12:15 p.m.