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Politics and advocacy

Authors: VeneKlasen, L. & Miller, V.

This chapter helps you bring to the surface some of the misgivings about what is ‘political’ in order to establish a level of comfort with the subject. This lays the foundation for further learning and action. 

Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: participatory research in climate change and agriculture

Author: Jost, C., Ferdous, N. & Spicer, T.D.
Publication date: 2014

This manual introduces a wide range of participatory strategies and tools for research to guide the implementation of climate smart agriculture and efforts to achieve food security in rural communities. It is intended for NGO practitioners and program designers interested in diagnostic and action research for gender sensitive and socially inclusive climate change programs.

Padlet: A Free Virtual Bulletin Board and Brainstorming Tool

In this blog post, Susan Kistler introduces Padler, an improved free virtual bulletin board application. The uses are almost endless – any time you might try sticky notes, Padlet may be a virtual alternative. 

Tools for enhancing interdisciplinary communication

Authors: Winowiecki, L. et alii.
Publication date: 2011 (In Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, (7) 1)

A diverse group of postdoctoral research fellows aimed to bring together scientific, political, economic, demographic, geographic, ecological, and ethical perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development. Communicating effectively across often disparate disciplines turned out to be their first challenge. This community essay chronicles that part of our journey. 

Engaging and Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations in Initiatives for Children, Youth, and Families

Author: Institute for Educational Leadership

This toolkit provides checklists, suggestions, case studies, and resources for how to recruit and support partners from the faith-based community in efforts to strengthen, improve, or redesign systems of care for children, youth, and families.

FAO Capacity development learning module 2: FAO approaches to capacity development in programming: processes and tools

Author: FAO
Publication date: 2012

This second learning module includes examples and tools to support endogenous capacity development processes in the areas of FAO’s mandate.

Learning Module 2 is organized around four major themes:

  • engaging with national/local actors
  • analysing the context and assessing capacity needs
  • focused objectives and indicators (including monitoring and evaluating capacity development)
  • highlighting sustainability

It also offers a toolkit including examples, methods and instruments.

 

FAO Capacity development learning module 4: Organization analysis and development

Author: FAO
Publication date: 2013

This fourth learning module aims to create a basic understanding of organization development (OD) and system thinking approaches, as even a basic understanding can cultivate a new way of working. It reflects the learning experience, constructive inputs and wealth of exchanges from the OD seminar series which was held in FAO between March and November 2012.

The module covers the following areas:

  • understanding organization analysis and development
  • supporting the design of change processes
  • engaging in effective multistakeholders' processes
  • measuring organizational change.

The Partnering Toolbook

Author: Ros Tennyson
Publication Date: 2003

Based on  the experiences of practitioners of innovative, successful partnerships, the Partnering Toolbook is a concise step-by-step guide for those who are initiating a multi-stakeholder partnership (MSP).