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Thinking Backwards by Martin Scheepbouwer, Rob Van Haastrecht

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CHAPTER 2

Building an Analytical Framework: Thinking Backwards

Mali is a landlocked African country with a population of 12 million. Half of the population lives on less than €1 a day. One of the millennium development goals set by the United Nations is to reduce the number of people worldwide suffering from hunger by at least 50 per cent by 2015. The question is how hunger in Mali can be structurally reduced.

Thinking Backwards

The above example contains all the elements of a tough assignment. The problem is well defined, the scope is clear and there is an ambitious and measurable objective. We are clear on the first step—defining the objectives, as described in the previous chapter. Now, how are we going to crack the problem?

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