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Breaking through: how corporate social innovation creates business opportunity

This report looks at the positive power of business to drive the innovation needed to solve the growing social and environmental challenges facing our planet. 

The goal of this report is to help Canadian business leaders consider corporate social innovation (CSI) as a powerful opportunity to concurrently drive social impact and growth. 

Realising the Potential of Civil Society-led South-South Development Cooperation

Author: Moilwa, T.
Publication date: 2015

Civil Society Organisations from the BRICS countries and Mexico are now leading a huge range of South-South Development Cooperation (SSDC) initiatives. These organisations have a significant role to play in the post-2015 development cooperation landscape.

Aid and the Islamic State

Author: Svoboda, E. & Redvers, L.
Publication date: 2014

The IRIN/HPG Crisis Brief is a new product designed for aid workers, policy makers and donors to address a gap in current analysis of humanitarian research and action.

This pilot examines the flows of international aid into parts of Iraq controlled by militants from the so-called Islamic State (IS).

Gender justice and climate justice: community-based strategies to increase women’s political agency in watershed management in times of climate change

Authors: Figueiredo, P. & ; Perkins, P.E.
Publication date: 2011

This paper discusses South-North initiatives and models for community-based environmental and climate change education which are using the democratic opening provided by watershed-based governance structures to broaden grassroots participation, especially of women, in political processes.

From best practice to best fit: understanding and navigating wicked problems in international development

Authors: Ramalingam, B., Laric,M. & Primrose, J.
Publication date: 2014

This Working Paper summarises the findings of a series of small-scale pilots of selected complex systems methods in DFID’s wealth creation work. The pilots contributed to improved analysis and understanding of a range of wicked problems, and generated tangible findings that were directly utilised in corporate and programmatic decisions. 

Women’s participation in green growth – a potential fully realised?

Author: von Hagen, M. & Willems, J.
Publication date: 2012

This study analyses opportunities and challenges for women’s participation in green growth in developing countries. The purpose of the study is threefold: 

  • to shed more light on the gender dimension of green growth, especially in the context of private sector development and thus fill a knowledge gap in the green growth discourse
  • to validate women’s contributions to green growth and sustainable private sector development
  • to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality

Capacity, complexity and consulting: lessons from managing capacity development projects

Author: Datta, A., Shaxson, L. & Pellini, A.
Publication date: 2012

In the past few years, the ODI’s Research and Policy in Development Programme has increasingly collaborated with or managed large multiyear projects where it has been responsible for helping local institutions and organisations to build their capacity to use knowledge to improve policies and practices.

Setting aside the issue of knowledge-to-policy links, this paper serves to 1) reflect on what capacity is and how it develops; 2) identify implications of this for approaches used to promote capacity improvement processes; and 3) assess what this means for funding
practices.

Negotiating perceptions: Al-Shabaab and Taliban views of aid agencies

Authors: Jackson, A.
Publication date: 2014

What armed groups like Al-Shabaab and the Taliban think of aid agencies can mean the difference between gaining access to areas under their control to provide aid people in need – or being expelled from their territory.

Based on research and interviews with members of the Taliban and Al-Shabaab, this HPG policy brief explores how these armed groups perceive aid agencies and the implications on humanitarian response in those areas.

On speaking, mediation, representation and listening: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

Author: Oswald, D.
Publication date: 2014

This think-piece focuses on ‘voice’ within the Making All Voices Count framework. It reflects on experiences, debates, assumptions, and questions about what ‘voice’ is and how it can be supported, with a particular focus on what this means for the ‘Making All Voices Count’ programme.