Friday, August 21, 2009

Advances in Development Mean Taking Risks

The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance (ALNAP) came up with these key steps to innovation:
1) Recognize a problem
2) Invent a solution
3) Develop an idea
4) Implement the solution
5) Diffuse the solution
In a lot of cases, it takes chance to find the correct solution. Without taking risks, it is impossible to find the best solution or a solution that can solve multiple problems rather than a tiny piece of a bigger problem.

Ben Ramalingam, ALNAP's head of research and development, said, "For ideas to take off, organizations need to foster a kind of humanitarian entrepreneurialism. And, just as medical innovations are limited by ethical considerations, humanitarian innovation must be built on a principle of 'honourable risk.’” Ramalingam pointed out that companies and agencies need to cooperate rather than compete to make the largest difference.
--Jessica Milstead