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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.

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.

Fostering new ideas for social inclusion and accountable responsive governance: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

Authors: Edwards, D.
Publication date: 2014

The Making All Voices Count programme aims to foster and support new ideas to improve governance and achieve greater social justice. This think-piece examines how programmes such as Making All Voices Count might utilise innovation as a strategy for addressing complex governance problems. 

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.

Promoting Self - Direction and Consumer Control in Home - and Community - Based Service Systems

Authors: Kendrick; M.J.
Publication date: 2006

This paper is the third in a series of three papers on unlocking the code of effective systems change. It examines what contemporary social service systems can do to promote consumer-directed services.