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Shaping behaviour: How institutions evolve

Development is about transforming institutions – the cultural values, legal frameworks, informal arrangements, market mechanisms and political processes that perpetuate inequality, overlook market externalities and constrain economic progress. If aid is failing, as some argue, it has much to do with agencies misunderstanding institutions and how they change.

Author: Jim Woodhill

Publication date: October 2008

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.

Niches for Social Enterprises: How hybrid-model social enterprises cluster in Kenya and Vietnam

Authors: Darko, E. & Avis, W. (ODI)
Publication date: 2014

In this blog post, the authors reflect when social enterprises can best offer solutions to intractable social problems, based on ODI reviews. 

20 Essential TED Talks for Future Leaders

Author: Writers, S.
Publication date: 2012

If you want to get to the top in any field, whether it’s business, science, or even construction, you have to have some pretty solid leadership skills. This article presents a collection of some of the best TED Talks for anyone, young or old, hoping to hone their leadership abilities.

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. 

A vote of confidence: retrospective voting in Africa

Author: Ellis, E.
Publication date: 2014, In: Afroboarometer, Working Paper No 147

This study asks attention for the importance of retrospective voting in Africa, through which voters offer positive reinforcement for good presidential behavior. The author argues that the African electoral fortunes denote a vote of confidence, and tests that contention by regressing vote intention against performance evaluations.

Another resource curse?: the impact of remittances on political participation

Authors: Dionne, K.Y., Inman, K.L. & Montinola, G.R.
Publication date: 2014 In: Afrobarometer, Working Paper No 145

International remittances have grown dramatically over the past few decades. This article focuses on the political impact of remittances, and in particular, its effect on political participation.

The authors provide the first cross-country, individual-level analysis on remittances’ effect on political participation. Their work shows that remittances may not necessarily demobilize citizens, as previous work on Mexico suggests. 

Multi-Stakeholder Sustainability Alliances in Agri-Food Chains: A Framework for Multi-Disciplinary Research

Authors: Dentoni, D. & Peterson, C.
Publication date: 2011 In: International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 14 (5)

This study provides a definition of Multi-Stakeholder Sustainability Alliances (MSSAs) based on describing the platforms formed and/or joined by the fifty largest food and beverage multinational corporations (MNCs).

Approaches for Setting-up Multi-Stakeholder Platforms for Agricultural Research and Development

Authors: Adekunle, A.A. &  Fatunbi, A.O.
Publication date: 2012 In:World Applied Sciences Journal 16 (7): 981-988

This article introduces the concept of Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) and the constituent Innovation Platform (IP) as a workable multistakeholders approach for sustainable agricultural research and development.

Dialogic Approaches to Global Challenges: Moving from “Dialogue Fatigue” to Dialogic Change Processes

Authors: Pruitt, B. & Waddell, S.
Publication date: 2005

This working paper of the Generative Dialogue Project looks at dialogic change processes, which involve people coming together seeking to make positive change through conversation and agreement as an answer to the challenges of globalization.

It zooms in on the case of climate change, followed by an analysis of global change initiatives. It concludes that this new model of organizing will not supplant the existing international system but it is an essential complement to it.