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Understanding How Change Happens: A Book Launch and Panel Discussion

  • OpenGov Hub 1110 Vermont Avenue Northwest Suite 500 Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)

OpenGov HubGlobal Integrity, and Transparency and Accountability Initiative are pleased to invite you to join us at the OpenGov Hub’s launch event for Duncan Green’s new book How Change Happens on Tuesday, November 29th from 3:30-5:30pm.

Duncan Green will join us to present the key ideas of his highly-acclaimed new book -- called “a splendid treatise on how to change the actual world” by Amartya Sen and “a indispensable guide for activists and change-makers everywhere” by Francis Fukuyama.

How Change Happens explores how political and social change takes place, and the role of individuals and organizations in influencing that change. Green discusses the challenges that 'systems thinking' creates for traditional aid practices, and how a 'power and systems approach' requires activists, whether in campaigns, companies or governments, to fundamentally rethink the way they understand the world and try to influence it.

After Green presents the book's main arguments we will have distinguished development experts comment as panelists. This will be followed by a moderated conversation and audience Q&A on opics such as: how the systems and power approach can be applied in very difficult contexts (fragile or politically restrictive environments), and how funders (private foundations, multilateral institutions and others) can and should best identify and support change makers given this framework.

Refreshments will be provided.


  • Duncan Green, head of Research at Oxfam UK and London School of Economics Professor 


  • Vijayendra Rao - Lead Economist, Research Department at the World Bank
  • Jennifer Lentfer - Communications Director, International Development Exchange (IDEX)
  • Philipp Krause - Deputy Director for Development Policy and Finance, Gates Foundation
  • Nada Zohdy - OpenGov Hub Manager (Moderator)