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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.

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.

Community Toolbox: Creating and Maintaining Partnerships

This toolkit provides guidance for creating a partnership among different organizations to address a common goal. A broad range of topics is dealt with, ranging from the initial definition and analysis of the problem, and the development of a vision, mission and objectives to getting access to resources and setting up the necessary structures. A separate section presents 5 examples. 

Accountability for civil society by civil society: A guide to self-regulation initiatives

Author: Compiled and edited by Guénéheux, D. & Bottomley, A.
Publication date: 2014

The CIVICUS Self-Regulation Guide, a new addition to the Legitimacy, Transparency and Accountability (LTA) programme, is the result of research conducted by CIVICUS and its members and partners. It features more than 20 case studies from around the world, lessons learnt, innovations and practical advice.

Civicus: Engaging with the media

Author: Thomas, D.
Publication date: 2014

This publication is a companion to the Civicus advocacy toolkit which provides a guide to the strategic use of the media and social media in the context of post-2015 advocacy. The aim of this guide is to help you get your message across to a wider audience when talking about sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda. The guide is split into different topics, with tips on how to deal with the media in different situations.

Women's Leadership and Participation: Case studies on learning for action

Authors: Hoare, J. & Gell, F. (eds.)
Publication date: 2009

This book brings together lessons and experience in building up women's involvement from Oxfam GB and its partners. Women's Leadership and Participation illustrates methodological approaches and learning points, covering a range of issues, from women's participation in national elections to female decision-making in community livelihood initiatives.

Multi-stakeholder Guide: How to effectively engage diverse stakeholders on campus in your sustainability

Authors: Baynham, M. (for Sierra Youth Coalition)
Publication date: 2007

This guide is intended to support and direct students who are working to institutionalize sustainability: make it part of how the university operates. This guide will walk you through the theory and practice you need to establish a collaborative process for a sustainability initiative on your campus. It offers step-by-step guidance and concludes with the presentation of a case study.