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11.03.2014: Book Presentation and Discussion: Ben Ramalingam's "AID ON THE EDGE OF CHAOS", Berlin

11.03.2014: Book Presentation and Discussion: Ben Ramalingam's "AID ON THE EDGE OF CHAOS", Berlin

Initiative Südliches Afrika (INISA) e.V., Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and Hertie School of Governance cordially invite you to:

Book Presentation and Discussion: Ben Ramalingam's "AID ON THE EDGE OF CHAOS"

Tuesday 11.03.2014, 18:15 Uhr, Hertie School of Governance
Friedrichstraße 180, 10117 Berlin

Speaker: Ben Ramalingam (Independent Researcher, Overseas Development Institute)

Heiner Janus, Researcher, Bi- and Multilateral Development Cooperation, German Developement
Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Markus Jachtenfuchs, Professor of European and Global Governance, PhD Director, Hertie School

Please note that registration is necessary. See invitation for further details:

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It is widely recognised that the foreign aid system is in need of drastic change. Ramalingam shows that the linear, mechanistic models and assumptions on which foreign aid is built would be more at home in early twentieth century factory floors than in the dynamic, complex world we face today. All around us, we can see the costs and limitations of dealing economies and societies as if they are analogous to machines. The reality is that such social systems have far more in common with ecosystems: they are complex, dynamic, diverse and unpredictable. Ramalingam shows how embracing the ideas of complex systems thinking can help make foreign aid more relevant, more appropriate, more innovative, and more catalytic.

Ben Ramalingam is an independent researcher, consultant and writer specialising in international development and humanitarian issues. He leads research and provides advice to international organisations on a wide range of issues, from wealth creation, disaster resilience, state fragility to strategic thinking, policy processes and innovations. He is a co-founder and Chair of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund. Ben currently holds honorary positions at the Overseas Development Institute and the Institute of Development Studies.

Best regards

Rene Gradwohl
Initiative Südliches Afrika (INISA) e.V.

"Afrika Süd" März/April 2014, 43. Jg. Nr 2
08.03.2014: INISA Mitgliederversammlung, Berlin

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