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Discovering development management
Discovering development management

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4 Expect the unexpected

I was fascinated by the case in Activity 2 – not least by the various characters who feature in it, whom I spent some time investigating. There can be little doubt that this case, which refers to work in South Sudan in particular, presents an account of development management.

Activity 2 Questioning development management

Read ‘“Expect the unexpected”: starting successful partnerships in fragile states [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] ’ (George, 2014) using the conceptual framework presented in the previous section, with its six basic elements:

  • intervention
  • process of social change
  • conflicts of goals, values and interests
  • complexity
  • difference
  • emergence.

You will perhaps note that the heading, ‘Expect the unexpected’, directly brings into play the last of these features, emergence. I can assure you that all six features, not just emergence, are there to be discovered, as well as comments that might be taken as referring to good development management.

  • Consider how exploring this account of development management by means of the conceptual framework affects your own understanding of development management.
  • Identify anything you consider might make good development management.

This raises a number of opportunities for personal exploration. You could, for example, search to find out more about one or two of the interested parties, the individuals and their agencies. (They are all online.)