Khatera, a 23 year old Afghan woman, is a victim of sexual abuse from her father. She tells her story publicly on national TV, seeking punishment for her perpetrator and shedding light onto the faulty Afghan judicial system.

Director: Sahra Mani
Writers: Giles Gardner, Sahra Mani
Star: Khatera
Song: Ashura 2011
Artist: Patrick Jonsson
Album: Frame by Frame (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Licensed to YouTube by: Kobalt (AWAL Digital Limited) (on behalf of MovieScore Media); AMRA, ASCAP, and 2 Music Rights Societies


In this video, Lant Pritchett, provides an overview of PDIA core principles: problem solving; authorizing positive deviation; iterating and adapting; and scaling practices through diffusion. We believe that success builds institutions and not vice versa.

BSC video series
The Building State Capability (BSC) program at the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University researches new strategies and tactics to build the capability of public organizations to execute and implement. We are exploring the potential of a Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) approach which rests on 4 core principles: local solutions for local Problems; pushing problem Driven positive deviance; try, learn, Iterate, Adapt; and scale through diffusion. This video series highlights the key elements of our approach.


Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) is a process of facilitated emergence which focuses on problems (not solutions) and follows a step by step process (not a rigid plan) that allows for flexible learning and adaptation.

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