Philip Craig


Philip Craig
Member since:
26 May, 2017


Networking across organisations both NGO, Government, private consultancies and consortia, multi-levels to augment capacity building, in a Laos PDR.

Formulating development in alignment with the National Strategic Goals - ‘managing for development results’ or MfDR, as opposed to ‘results-based management’ or RBM

Subscribing to the following ethos:
development is an emergent property of the economic and social system, in much the same way that consciousness is an emergent property of the brain. This seems obvious, and yet it is a surprising departure from the way most economists have normally described development as the sum of economic output of all the firms in the economy, or the sum of human well-being of the citizens of a nation. Development is not the sum of well-being of people in the economy and we cannot bring it about simply by making enough people in the economy better off. Development is instead a system-wide manifestation of the way that people, firms, technologies and institutions interact with each other within the economic, social and political system. Specifically, development is the capacity of those systems to provide self-organising complexity. Self-organising complexity in an adaptive system is never designed or deliberately built: it comes about from a process of adaptation and evolution. It follows that if we want to accelerate and shape development, we should focus especially on how the environment can be made most conducive for self-organising complexity to evolve.


Role(s) / Profession(s)

  • Development Professional


  • AVID
  • RMIT University

Work Location(s)

  • Australia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic

Population(s) Served

  • Medicare


  • English
  • French
  • Lao