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Systems Thinking: An introduction for Oxfam programme staff

Development organizations frequently face and overcome challenges in programme delivery. But what happens when the proposed solutions fail? How can organizations adapt to changing conditions and ensure the benefits of programmes are shared as widely as possible?

Dialogue by Design: A handbook in public and stakeholder engagement

Authors: Acland, A. (Dialogue by Design)
Publication date: 2012

This handbook has a special focus on how to design engagement processes – for example, which method to use in different types of situation and how to keep track of stakeholder participation.

The Integration Initiative: Three Year Evaluation Report

Authors: Mt. Auburn Associates, Inc for Living Cities
Publication date: 2014

In January 2010, Living Cities launched The Integration Initiative (TII) to support “bold, promising approaches that have the potential to transform the lives of low-income people and the communities in which they live.”

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.

A Peacebuilding Tool for a Conflict-Sensitive Approach to Development: A Pilot Initiative in Nepal

Author: Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Publication date: 2014

The peacebuilding tool is an analytical tool for assisting project team leaders and social experts in understanding the local context, and in identifying potential risks to implementation of development projects that are linked to social conflicts, as well as in formulating mitigation measures for addressing these risks.

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.

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. 

“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. 

Antipoverty transfers and inclusive growth in Brazil

Authors: Barrientos, A.; Debowicz, D. & Woolard, I.
Publication date: 2014

The paper examines the growth of antipoverty transfers in Brazil and their role in securing inclusive growth. This paper provides a comprehensive assessment of the role of antipoverty transfers in securing inclusive growth. It examines their design, implementation, outcomes, and sustainability. It also sketches their potential relevance to African countries and zooms in on South-South cooperation. 

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.