Institutional histories

This bit of work, related to documenting the story of the NBDC from a research for development perspective was led by Kees Swaans (formerly Pamela Pali) leading with support from Doug Merrey and Ewen Le Borgne. It led to the following final outputs:
Read an article about the final NBDC Institutional History and download the final institutional history report itself here.

What were we talking about, in relation to institutional histories?


An institutional history is a narrative that records key points about how institutional arrangements – new ways of working – evolve over time creating more effective ways to achieve goals. It can be used to document institutional innovations in projects and to highlight barriers to change. An institutional history draws out and synthesizes lessons for research organizations and partners as well as for others in similar circumstances.

Useful links:

Overview of work and related interviews

The team (Kees, Doug, Ewen) developed a process to write the institutional history, which consisted of:

Institutional history interviewees

Name
Position/expertise
Concept R4D
Partnerships
K. integration
Innovation
Engagement
KM and Com
T. of change
General
appointment
Status
1
Tilahun Amede
(f)BL+N5 PL
X
X
x
x
x
x
x
X
KS/2 May
Done
2
Doug Merrey
N1+science L
X
x
x
x
x
x
x
X
-
author
3
Simon Langan
BL+N2 PL
X
x
x
x
x
x
x
X
KS/1 May
Done
4
Alan Duncan
BL+N5 PL
X
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
KS/13-17 May

5
An Notenbaert
N3 PL
X
x
x
x
x
x
x
X
KS/14 May
Done
6
Charlotte McAllister
N4 PL
X
x
x
x
x
x
x
X
KS/?
Public
7
Seleshi
Former N4-PL (at start?)
x
x
x
x
x
x
X
x
DM/?anticipated next week
never able to connect
8
Katherine Snyder
Social anthropologist.
X
x
x
x
x
x
X
x
KS/13-17 May

9
Belay Simane
Policy
X
x
X
x
x
x
x
x
KS/?

10
Peter Ballantyne
KM+C
X
x
x
x
x
x
X
x
KS
Done
11
Ewen Le Borgne
KM+C
X
x
x
x
x
x
x
X
-
author
12
Don Peden
General
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
DM
Done
13
Pamela Pali
M&E
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
-

14
Beth Cullen
YP.-N2 (IP+Community)
X
x
x
x
x
x
x
X
ELB/21 May
Done
15
Catherine Pfeiffer
YP.-N3 (GIS)
X
x
x
x
x
x
x
X
KS/30 April
Done
16
Randall Ritzema
YP.-N4 (modeling)
X
x
x
x
x
x
x
X
ELB/13 May
Done
17
Teklu Erkossa
N2-soil/water?
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
X
ELB/13 May
Done
18
Amara
N2-livestock
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
X
-

19
Zelalem Lema
N2-community
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
X
ELB/17 June
Done
20
Birhanu Zemedin
N2-modeling
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
ELB 20 Aug.
Done
21
Solomon
N4-modelling
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
?

22
Eva Ludi (or Josie)
ODI (N2)
x
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
KS/?
Done
23
Fergus Sinclair
ICRAF (N2?)
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
KS/?
Done
24
Fentahun
ARARI (N5)
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
KS/?
Done
25
Asefa
OARI
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
KS/?
Done
26

Ethiopian NGO?
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
KS/?

27
Dejene
Ministry reps
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
KS/?
Done
28

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29
Boru Douthwaite
CPWF MT Nile (initially)
X

X
X


X

KS/ELB

30
Amanda Harding
CPWF MT Nile (later)
X
x
x
x
x
x
x
X
KS/3 May
Done
31
Larry Harington
CPWF
X

X
X


X

DM/5/8 scheduled
Done
32
Michael Victor
CPWF
X


x
x
x
x

ELB
Pending on answers Michael
33
Tonya Schutz
CPWF






x

DM
Done
34
Natarajan Pavanasam,
Ambo University
x
x

x

x

x
ELB/10 July
Done
35
Mussie Hailemelekot
Bahir Dar University
x
x

x

x

x
ELB/10 July
Done
36
Beth Cullen
N2
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
ELB/21 May
Done


NBDC before NBDC: CPWF phase 1


Upon request by Don Peden, some materials from phase 1 (2002 IWMI-ILRI workshop that kicked off their collaborative research for the next decade) which have influenced the NBDC have been added here to provide additional background information about the NBDC and its wider 'institutional history'.

Of particular interest is the inclusion of the classic paper by John King on drinking water requirements of livestock. It can be found in our collection on CG Space here.

The proceedings of the meeting are available but do not include the John King paper and other information. All documents and photos related to that meeting can be found in this zipped file.