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Shaping policy for development

An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
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Marta Foresti
Marta Foresti

Marta Foresti

Head of Programme, Politics and Governance
Marta Foresti leads the Politics and Governance programme at ODI. Her interests include the political economy of development - with a focus on service delivery, justice, and rights - as well as conflict and fragility. She has an interest in applied social research methodologies and policy evaluation in particular . She has over ten years of research, evaluation, policy and management experience. Before joining ODI in 2006, Marta gained practical policy experience, including as a senior policy advisor in the Department of Development Policy of the Italian Treasury and as head of the Learning and Impact Assessment team at Save the Children UK and at Amnesty International. She has extensive country experience in West Africa, South and South East Asia, as well as in several European countries, including Italy and the UK.
Marta Foresti

What have we learnt on getting public services to poor people? What's next?

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 24 March 2014
'Politics is not only part of the problem, but also of the solution. Working around politics rather than with it does not work: meaningful education reform cannot happen despite teachers’ unions, but in negotiation with them. Equally, efforts to stimulate the voice of citizens and their demand for services only work when they are met with equal efforts to better understand the incentives and decision-making logic of the politicians and civil servants responsible for the delivery of those services.'
Access to Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Access to Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Contaminated water in Karial slum, one of the urban slums of Dhaka
License: Creative Commons
Credit: UN Photo/Kibae Park
Source: United Nations

Making services work for poor people: the science and politics of delivery

Event - Conference - 28 February - 1 March 2014
​The 2004 World Development Report (WDR), Making Services Work for Poor People, is recognised as ground-breaking in its appraisal of accountability relationships and performance for service delivery. Ten years on, what have we learnt about the science and politics of service delivery – and what are the emerging issues that will shape future priorities?
Displaced Camps in Chad, Africa
Displaced Camps in Chad, Africa

Refugee camp Iridimi near Iriba. Displaced women sitting in camp.
License: ODI given rights
Credit: IFRC
Source: IFRC

Book launch - Justice and security reform: why donors struggle to engage informal actors

Event - Public event - 22 January 2014 17:00 - 18:30 (GMT+00)
​Justice and security reform have become key components of post-conflict peacebuilding efforts but tend to focus overwhelmingly on (re)building the state apparatus, despite the recognition that the majority of people, particularly in fragile states, rely upon ‘informal’ security and justice actors in their day-to-day lives. Why then has engagement with informal actors remained so limited?


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