While there may be multiple entry points to doing development work, they should all lead to the same obvious place. That is, of course, reducing poverty and suffering in the world. For people in development and related fields, working toward these lofty goals requires the tenacity toward achieving results, willingness to be monitored and evaluated, and commitment to continuously enhance one’s technical competence and personal effectiveness.
CommGAP recently met with representatives of the African Community of Practice on Managing for Development Results (AfCoP-MfDR). On its website, AfCoP describes itself as a virtual community that “promotes learning and knowledge exchange among public managers, organizations, executing agencies and practitioners on how to manage better for Development Results.” The community has over 500 members from over 32 African countries, working in government, civil society, and the results practice areas. Online discussions revolve around five substantive areas of managing for results: leadership; M&E; accountability and partnerships; planning and budgeting; and statistical capacity.