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A review of evidence, agreements, concepts and tools relating to participatory agricultural research

Author: Blackie, M.
Publication date: 2014

This is a rapid desk based study to identify an overview of evidence, agreements, concepts and tools relating to participatory agricultural research. The review was undertaken using both peer reviewed and grey literature from the major development agencies (both multilateral and national), national and international research institutes and think tanks, and regional and subregional research organisations.

Middle Eastern youth and the Arab Spring: cross-national variation and trends in values

Authors: Moaddel, M. & Jong, J. de
Publication date: 2014

Scholars and analysts widely claimed that the youth played a crucial role in the making of the revolutionary movements dubbed the Arab Spring. There has been little empirical evidence, however, to substantiate this claim and to document how much the younger age groups differ from the older in value orientation in different Middle Eastern countries.

In this paper, the data from the values surveys carried out in the region are analysed in order to assess cross-national variation and trend in the values and perceptions of the youth in several Middle Eastern countries.

Using Participatory Process Evaluation to Understand the Dynamics of Change in a Nutrition Education Programme

Author: Cornwall, A.
Publication date: 2014

With roots in approaches to popular education and participatory action research that place the learner and the ‘beneficiary’ of development at the centre of enquiry and action, the participatory visualisation methods associated with Participatory Rural Appraisal have been widely used as tools for learning and accountability.

In this article, the author reflects on lessons learnt from using these methods in a participatory process evaluation of an educational programme aimed at addressing chronic malnutrition in an East African country.

Mixing business and social: what is a social enterprise and how can we recognise one?

Authors: Rogerson, A., Green, M. & Rabinowitz, G.
Publication date: 2013

​This Working Paper seeks to clarify what a social enterprise is in a developing-country context. It is written from a broad public interest perspective rather than one of an investor in such enterprises.

Learning to do Action Research for Social Change

Author: Pettit, J. (University of Sussex)
Publication date: 2010, In: International Journal of Communication, 4, Pp. 820-827

Action research provides an alternative approach to bringing about changes in knowledge, policy, and practice. But to be effective and inclusive, taking into account complex dynamics of power and participation, action research requires capable facilitators with particular skills.

Social inclusion in productive safety net programmes

Author: Combaz, E. (for GSDRC - Governance and Social Development Resource Centre)
Publication date: 2013

In this Helpdesk Research Report, GSDRC aims to answer the following question:

What has worked in achieving social inclusion in labour-intensive productive safety net programmes in the agricultural sector? Consider analysis, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Where possible, draw on evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa.

More Sustainable Participation? Multi-Stakeholder Platforms for Integrated Catchment Management

Author: Jeroen F. Warner
Publication Date: 15th August 2006

Written in the context of catchment area management and using examples from around the world, this paper promotes realistic expectations of multi-stakeholder platforms (MSP’s). Recognizing that MSP’s and participatory methods in general are a “hot-topic” in development effectiveness discussions, the paper analyses why MSP’s are seen to be attractive processes under three main rationales:

Multi-Stakeholder Platforms: Integrating Society in Water Resource Management?

Author:  Jeroen Warner
Publication Date: 2006

The paper describes MSP’s as an important companion to Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), a vital component in an environment of increasing degrees of variety and variability which integrates:

Perspectives on Partnership: Highlights of a Literature Review

Authors: Douglas Horton, Gordon Prain and Graham Thiele
Publication Date: April 2010

The Institutional Learning and Change (ILAC) Initiative seeks to increase the contributions of agricultural research to sustainable reductions in poverty. This paper, a summary of a wider literature review,  begins by outlining the fact that partnerships are now seen as essential strategies in mobilising resources and capacities toward innovation, knowledge generation and decision-making processes.