Tajikistan https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/taxonomy/term/216/all en 'Convening and Brokering' in Practice: Sorting out Tajikistan’s Water Problem https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/convening-and-brokering-practice-sorting-out-tajikistan-s-water-problem <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><P><IMG alt="" align=left src="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/Johanna/tajwss-logo.png" width=280 height=220>In the corridors of Oxfam and beyond, ‘convening and brokering’ has become a new development fuzzword. I talked about it in my <A href="https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/5-2012-what-have-we-learned-5-years-research-african-power-and-politics" target=_blank>recent review</A> of the Africa Power and Politics Programme, and APPP promptly got back to me and suggested a discussion on how convening and brokering is the same/different to the APPP’s proposals that aid agencies should abandon misguided attempts to impose ‘best practice’ solutions and instead seek ‘best fit’ approaches that ‘go with the grain’ of existing institutions in Africa. That discussion took place yesterday, and it was excellent, but that’s the subject of&nbsp;next&nbsp;week's&nbsp;blog. First I wanted to summarize the case study I took to the meeting.</P> <P>The best example I’ve found in Oxfam’s work is actually from Tajikistan, rather than Africa, but it’s so interesting that I wrote it up anyway. Here’s a summary of a <A href="https://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/?attachment_id=13305" rel="attachment wp-att-13305" target=_blank>four page case study</A>. Text in italics is from an interview with Ghazi Kelani, a charismatic ex-government water engineer who led Oxfam’s initial work on water and is undoubtedly an important factor in the programme’s success to date. Ghazi is currently Oxfam’s Tajikistan country director.</div></div></div> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:33:08 +0000 Duncan Green 6220 at https://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere