Here are some of the papers and think pieces that we have published as part of our ongoing research into complexity thinking and how it shapes our thinking in development practice.

Where organizations, sponsors and clients paid us to write something up we credit in the publications and on the websites where these publications are made available.

CUNNINGHAM, S. & JENAL, M. 2016. Rethinking systemic change: Economic evolution and institutions. Technical Paper. London: The BEAM Exchange.

CUNNINGHAM, S. & JENAL, M. 2016. Rethinking systemic change: Economic evolution and institutions. Discussion Paper. London: The BEAM Exchange.

JENAL, M. & CUNNINGHAM, S. 2015a.  Economic development: introducing options, not bringing solutions. Institute for Development Studies Opinion.  Wach, E. & Thorpe, J. (Eds.). Institute for Development Studies (IDS). Sussex, UK. [Web]

JENAL, M. & CUNNINGHAM, S. 2015b.  Explore, scale up, move out – Three phases to managing change under conditions of uncertainty. IDS Bulletin, Vol. 26(3) Business, State and Society: Changing Perspectives, Roles and Approaches pp: 81-92.

JENAL, M. & CUNNINGHAM, S. 2014. Gaining systemic insight to strengthen economic development initiatives. Drawing on systems thinking and complexity theories to improve developmental impact. Mesopartner Working Paper 16: Mesopartner.

CUNNINGHAM, S. & JENAL, M. 2013. Gaining Systemic Insight. Concept paper. Mesopartner.


The Mesopartner Annual Reflection of 2014 contains several articles written by our Mesopartner team that covers a range of topics including:

  • Complexity – what is the fuss?
  • Designing and monitoring change initiatives when tackling complex problems?
  • Understanding the effect of complexity on our (Mesopartner) instruments and tools
  • Approaching our Mesopartner themes in a complexity sensitive way
  • Facilitation and complexity

This Annual Reflection was a reflection process by our team on how complexity thinking affects our work, and it laid an important foundation for the research and development we could do afterwards.