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Balancing state and community participation in development partnership projects: emerging evidence from Indian SDPS in Nepal

Authors: Chaturvedi, S., ; Kumar, S. & Mendiratta, S.
Publication date: 2013, RIS discussion paper 183

In this paper, the authors evaluate the impact and potential of the development programmes known as Small Development Projects (SDPs), introduced by India as part of its development cooperation portfolio in Nepal.

Grameen Foundation: Community Knowledge Worker Uganda Program

The Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) initiative was launched by Grameen Foundation and its partners in Uganda in 2009 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Today, it serves more than 300,000 farmers in remote communities through a network of more than 1,100 peer advisors.

The initiative combines mobile technology and human networks to help smallholder farmers get accurate, timely information to improve their businesses and livelihoods.

Improving communication between aid agencies and crisis-affected people: Lessons from the infoasaid project

Authors: Chapelier, C. & Shah, A.
Publication date: 2013

The growing recognition of the importance of communication in disaster response has prompted an upsurge in discussions, publications and initiatives aimed at better understanding the potential of broadcast media and new technologies to improve how agencies communicate with their beneficiaries and, ultimately, enhance the quality and accountability of humanitarian assistance.

Using Participatory Three-Dimensional Modelling to facilitate community decision making: a case study from the Vanuatu Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change project

Author: Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
Publication date: 2014

The PACC Vanuatu project team identified participatory three-dimensional modelling (P3DM) as a valuable tool to facilitate community participation and decision making in the project.

Uganda's HIV/AIDS Knowledge Management and Communication Capacity (KMCC) initiative

Uganda's HIV/AIDS Knowledge Management and Communication Capacity (KMCC) initiative  was set up in 2012 as a core component of the HIV prevention strategy that is being funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID). Its over-arching mission is to help to improve the communication of knowledge in order to bring about a stronger response to HIV/AIDS in Uganda. To achieve this, KMCC is bringing together both Uganda-grown and international experts in HIV/AIDS, knowledge management, and communications to work with different partners in Uganda.

Participatory planning, justice, and climate change in Durban, South Africa

Authors: Blackie, M.
Publication date: 2009 (Environment and Planning A 2010, volume 42, pages 99-115)

This paper looks at how participatory governance is treated in the literatures on social justice and climate change and based on a case study of Durban, South Africa, the paper discusses the effectiveness of participatory structures in practice. 

Oxfam Canada Engendering Change (EC) Evaluation

Authors: PEER Associates
Publication date: 2013

In this evaluation case study of the Engendering Change program in Zimbabwe, the evaluation employed a case study approach, using the Most Significant Change (MSC) methodology to collect stories from the staff and their constituents. This report presents the evaluation methods and outcomes.

Mediating Transition in Yemen: Achievements and Lessons

Author: Zyck, S.A. 
Publication date: 2014

Yemen remains the only site of an Arab Spring uprising that ended in a negotiated agreement and an internationally supported transition process. 

This report explores how the UN proactively employed the good offices of the secretary-general to open an impartial space for dialogue where none had previously been considered possible

Politically smart, locally led development

Authors: Booth, D. & Unsworth, S. 
Publication date: 2014

This paper is a contribution to ongoing debate about the need for donor agencies to think and work more politically. It presents seven cases of aid-funded interventions that show how donors have been able to facilitate developmental change ‘despite the odds’.

The early child development learning community in South Africa

Author: Reeler, D.
Publication date: 2013

From learning together to working together

Almost six years ago 18 South African NGOs all working on early childhood development were brought together in a learning alliance. Over the years they have established a collaborative learning and working platform, involving organised community-based women caregivers, to develop workable and sustainable solutions for the well-being of young children in South Africa. Read their story

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