By Bruno Marchal
The Department of Public Health would like to invite you for a first seminar on complexity in health, development, research and evaluation on 30 September 2016, entitled Complex systems thinking in international aid and health development. The starting point will be the publication of the book Development cooperation as learning in progress, edited by Paul Bossyns and Paul Verlé of the Belgian Development Agency BTC. The objective is to bring together policymakers and experts in the field of complex systems in development and evaluation, with a particular attention for the health sector. We would like to identify the challenges of complexity and the existing strategies for complex systems thinking in international aid and health development by creating opportunities for presentation, exchange and discussion.
This is the first seminar of a series, which we organise with support of the Health Department of the Belgian Development Agency (BTC), the Institut de recherche santé et société (Université Catholique de Louvain), and Be-cause Health.
The seminar will have two presentation sessions, with ample time for discussion.
- This first session – The paradigm shift – will address the shift from linear, results-based management to complexity-sensitive planning and management that is taking place in the world of international aid and development. Speakers include Rosalind Eyben (Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex) (TBC), Cornelius Eupen (GIZ-European Commission) and Paul Verlé (Belgian Development Agency).
- In the second session – Complexity-sensitive planning and management – practical complexity-sensitive approaches to development and aid will be introduced with examples from practice. Speakers include Geert Laporte (European Centre for Development Policy and Management – ECDPM), Paul Bossyns (Belgian Development Agency) and Jaap Bijl (ECDPM Programme Associate).
The seminar will take place in Aula Janssen, Campus Rochus of ITM. It will start at 9am and finish at 2pm. Participation is free, but registration is obligatory. Please register here. Deadline for registration is 21 September 2016.