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If you’re blaming “coordination”, you’re probably missing the real problem

It has become a sacred truth that fragmentation holds back peacebuilding. Integration, coherence, and whole-of-government are good. Silos, turf wars, and tactics-without-strategy are bad.

Yet we have seen a full decade […]

9th November, 2015|Categories: Long-form|Tags: , , |

Is your organisation able to recognise and act on the early warning signs of failure?

In January 1986, the Challenger shuttle exploded 73 seconds into its flight from Cape Canaveral. Afterwards, several engineers declared to commissions of inquiry that they […]

3rd September, 2015|Categories: Long-form|Tags: , , |

The one basic rule of public sector innovation

Things do not change easily in the public sector. A dense thicket of oversight, rules and entrenched interests means that innovation is as much political endurance trial as it is a sudden […]

16th July, 2015|Categories: Long-form|Tags: , |

The HIPPO report is done — now what happens next?

There have been umpteen high-level reviews on UN peace operations. The most recent, the so-called HIPPO report, happened to coincide with the release of my own memoir / polemic on […]

3rd July, 2015|Categories: Long-form|Tags: , , |
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