AGI started with a set of insights about how to make government work better, to deliver change and reduce poverty. The fundamentals of prioritisation, planning and performance management apply everywhere. But we’ve learned that they have to be tailored to fit the specific needs of each country – the system to manage road building for example doesn’t need to look the same in Rwanda and Liberia as long as they both work.

We’ve learned that it’s not just what we work on that matters, it’s how we work on it. Change ultimately comes from within a country and so we have to think deeply about how best to support governments to make change happen. 

And we’ve learned from thinking and experience around the world, as part of a community that’s trying to do development differently, using innovative approaches that are government led and adapt quickly to what’s working and what isn’t.

This section shares some of the things we’ve learned along the way.

We’re part of a wider community that’s looking to do development differently… we’ve found this group really useful to learn from as we think about how we can have more impact.
Dan Hymowitz - Head of Insight and Learning, AGI
12th May 2014
AGI’s paper ‘Two steps at a time’ reflects on lessons from AGI’s work on capacity building in Rwanda.
29th May 2013
Our first case study, from our Insight and Learning series, looks at the implementation of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s landmark 150 day plan.

Mar 2016

22nd March 2016
Prioritisation is essential to getting things done in government. That's why the latest article in our Art of delivery series focuses on the topic of prioritisation.
7th March 2016
Writing on Duncan Green’s blog, AGI’s Dan Hymowitz explains how the development community sometimes misses the point on delivery.

Feb 2016

4th February 2016
AGI's most recent paper "Too much science, not enough art" reveals how too much focus on the technical aspects of government delivery neglects the vital political levers in implementing government programmes.

Nov 2015

Sep 2015

Jul 2015

Jun 2015

Apr 2015

Mar 2015

Feb 2015

Dec 2014

Nov 2014

Oct 2014

24th October 2014
This blog looks at the predictions around how many people will get Ebola and explaining why it is necessary to plan for the worst.
24th October 2014
AGI’s Andy Ratcliffe and Dan Hymowitz met with leading development practitioners and researchers this week at an event organized by the Harvard Kennedy School and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to learn from cutting edge ways of working in development that are emerging around the world.