Open-source thinking for fragile states
Software companies do it. So do mathematicians, astronomers and physicists. Even social services bureaucrats are now embracing ‘policy hackathons’ in a range of countries around the world.
All this springs from the recognition that open-source evolves much more rapidly, taps a much wider range of expertise, and is more demand-driven.
Yet in the humanitarian and development sectors, we’re lagging behind. We still make policy in our cramped institutional silos, using full-time ‘senior advisors’ and ‘policy officers’, through multi-year processes with endless sign-offs.
So we’re asking the question: What would it be like to do things differently? […]