Everywhere you turn these days, there are discussions of ‘systems approaches’, ‘complexity’, ‘holism’ and ‘holistic approaches’. And that’s not just in global health, that’s in development and sustainable development, that’s in food security and livelihoods, that’s in evaluation.
What is this all about?
Are people just bored with inputs-outputs, and looking for a different flavor?
Here’s how I figure we got to where we are, and I’ll attempt a conclusion on the fad vs. necessity debate... [Read more in this light-hearted discussion paper, which also provides a substantial number of interesting references (2,000 words)...]