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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.

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. 

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.

“Why don’t they want our help?” Exploring the relationship between community and development worker

In this IDS blog post, Jody Aked reflects upon the misplaced assumption that communities are always receptive and eager to engage when development practitioners or researchers offer something they think the community will benefit from. To avoid a frustrating outcome, she suggests an alternative approach, including three ways on how to start a positive relationship with a community. 

Sociale innovatie: meerwaarde in krachtig samenspel

Authors: Everts, P. et alii.
Publication date: 2014 (in Sigma online) 

  • De aandacht voor sociale inovatie is de afgelopen tien jaar wereldwijd toegenomen.
  • Nu de economie weer aantrekt lijkt de aandacht weer af te nemen en dat is onwenselijk.
  • Om sociale innovatie een impuls te geven is meer samenwerking nodig, een bundeling van krachten, creativiteit, eigenaarschap van vraagstukken, technologie en leiderschap. 

The 'Chinese way'? The evolution of Chinese humanitarianism

Author: Krebs, H.
Publication date: 2014

China’s rising economic power has meant that it is now playing a bigger role in humanitarian aid. However, the country tends to be depicted as being different to the international humanitarian community and has been criticised for its perceived failure to conform to established humanitarian norms and practices. 

This policy brief examines China’s distinctive ‘humanitarian’ identity and the need for an increased dialogue between the international humanitarian community and China. 

Voices: the building blocks of social change

Author: Dlamini, N. (Community Development Resource Association)
Publication date: 2013

Out of the diversity of “voices” we find the richness of conversations, and out of our rich conversations spring the relationships, ideas and impulses for change. How authentic voices are brought, received, engaged with and supported makes a world of difference to the quality of conversation, to human engagement and to the contribution we each can make to processes of change.