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Escaping Capability Traps Through Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA)

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Title
Escaping Capability Traps Through Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA)
Abstract
Many development initiatives fail to improve performance because they promote isomorphic mimicry-governments change what they look like, not what they do. This article proposes a new approach to doing development, Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA), which contrasts with standard approaches. PDIA focuses on solving locally nominated and prioritized performance problems (instead of transplanting "best practice" solutions). PDIA encourages positive deviance and experimentation (instead of requiring that agents implement policies as designed). PDIA creates feedback loops that facilitate rapid learning (instead of lagged learning from ex post evaluation). PDIA engages many agents to create viable, relevant interventions (instead of depending on external experts). © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Publication
World Development
Volume
51
Pages
234-244
Date
2013
Language
English
DOI
10.1016/j.worlddev.2013.05.011
ISSN
0305-750X
Archive
Scopus
Library Catalog
Scopus
Citation
Andrews, M., Pritchett, L., & Woolcock, M. (2013). Escaping Capability Traps Through Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA). World Development, 51, 234–244. Scopus. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2013.05.011