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Now for the Hard Part: Building State Capability for Implementation as the Frontier Development Issue’

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Michael Woolcock (Lead Social Development Specialist at the World Bank) will be talking about his forthcoming book on the problems and challenges of implementation within development particularly the role of ‘adaptive’ programing in addressing complex development challenges.

Andrew Long (Head of Profession for Social Development) at the UK’s Department for International Development with act as discussant.

SPEAKER BIOS Michael Woolcock is Lead Social Development Specialist in the World Bank’s Development Research Group, where he has worked since 1998. He is also a (part-time) Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He has worked for many years on policy implementation issues, mostly recently in a book (with Hana Brixi and Ellen Lust) entitled ‘Trust, Voice and Incentives: Learning from Local Success Stories in Service Delivery in the Middle East and North Africa’ (World Bank 2015). In 2014, an earlier paper he wrote on this issue (with Lant Pritchett and Matt Andrews) was awarded the ‘best article’ prize by the American Sociological Association’s section on International Development, and a book stemming from this article—on which he will speak at Cambridge—is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. From 2006-2009 he was the founding Research Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester, and is currently based in Malaysia, helping to establish the World Bank’s new (first ever) Knowledge and Research Hub.

Andrew Long is currently Head of Profession for Social Development at DFID , Andrew is a Social Development specialist with 20 years + experience. PhD in Social Anthropology from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Field experience, research and development work in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Significant experience on conflict and social development, with focus on women peace and security (including 2 years senior advisor Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)). Skills in community driven development and participatory approaches, and sub-national governance with wider sectoral interest in natural resources management and wildlife conservation; social protection and public works; services delivery, support for civil society on empowerment and accountability.

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