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Dynamics of Rural Innovation - a primer for emerging professionals

Authors: Pyburn, R. & Woodhill, J. (eds.)
Publication date: 2014

Dynamics of Rural Innovation – a primer for emerging professionals is a co-publication of KIT and Wageningen University’s Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) that brings together the experiences of over 40 conceptual thinkers and development practitioners to articulate lessons on agricultural innovation processes and social learning.

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).

Innovation in institutional collaboration. The role of interlocutors.

Author: Fowler, A.
Publication date: 2014, In: ISS Working Paper Series / General Series , Volume 584 p. 1- 29

The world is said to be confronted with complex issues working against the long term well-being of people and planet that can only be effectively addressed through (hyper) collective effort. Past approaches to collaboration are however not good enough for operating in tomorrow’s conditions.

Drawing on Actor Network Theory, this paper explores a category of actant – an interlocutor – as potentially crucial in committing to, arranging and holding together complex collective action engagements. 

The Inquiry Based Approach (IBA) - a facilitator's handbook

Authors: Westin, M., Calderon, C. & Hellquist, A. (eds.)
Publication date: 2014

The Inquiry Based Approach (IBA) has been developed to facilitate multi-stakeholder collaboration for the transformation of situations which are contested, uncertain and complex; known as “wicked situations”. Drawing on learning theory and the action research tradition, the IBA revolves around an inquiry, a question that enables collaboration among various stakeholders. 

This handbook can be used as course material in training for facilitators or as a standalone guide for designing and facilitating collaboration. 

Bridging and Bonding: Improving the Links Between Transparency and Accountability Actors

Authors: Wanjiku Kelbert, A.
Publication date: 2014

The first Learning and Inspiration Event hosted by Making All Voices Count brought together people with different kinds of expertise to think collaboratively about how technology can be used to enhance citizen engagement and improve government responsiveness. 

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.

“We Need a Culture of Truth” The Role of Civil Society Organisations in Transitional Justice

Authors: Eunice, O. & Kuklick, C. 
Publication date: 2014

The Refugee Law Project recently met with a number of civil society organisations and key stakeholders to discuss transitional justice and national reconciliation in Uganda.

The aim of the meeting and stakeholder dialogue was to identify and work with each other toward achieving sustainable peace on both the local and national level. This report sheds light on the discussions held in the event.

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

Leveraging the private sector to promote agriculture and natural resources-based livelihoods

Authors: Wiggins, S. & Keats, S.
Publication date: 2014

For the benefit of Livelihoods Advisers in DFID, this Topic Guide sets out the issues arising when stimulating private investment and initiatives to the benefit of small-scale and informal farmers, fishers and herders.

Agency and Citizenship in a Context of Gender-Based Violence

Authors: Shahrokh, T. & Wheeler, J.
Publication date: 2014 (IDS Evidence Report no 73)

This pilot evaluation explores how citizenship and agency among social activists can be fostered in contexts of urban violence at the local level. The focus of this pilot is to understand how a sense of democratic citizenship and the ability to act on that citizenship at the local level can contribute to reducing different types of urban violence and promote security; and how becoming an activist against violence can contribute to constructing a sense of citizenship.