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Innovation, solidarity and South-South learning: the role of civil society from middle-income countries in effective development cooperation

Authors: Poskitt, A. & Shankland, A.
Publication date: 2014

This briefing aims to highlight the contribution of civil society organisations to the roles which middle-income countries play not just as recipients of aid, but also as innovators and providers of development cooperation. It draws on a review of available literature, on the evidence from the BRICS countries and Mexico gathered by the IDS Rising Powers in International Development programme and on four case studies.

Civil Society and Knowledge Management in West Africa

Author: Obadare, E.
Publication date: 2013

The aim of this background paper is to provide an overview of key issues in relation to the production, documentation and communication of knowledge by civil society in West Africa.

Inclusive Innovation: Definition, Conceptualisation and Future Research Priorities

Authors: Heeks, R. et alii. 
Publication date: 2013

There is increasing policy, practice and academic interest in “inclusive innovation”. Based on a three-country interview study with 37 policy-makers, strategists, private sector and NGO sector representatives – and founded on a review of existing literature on inclusive innovation – this paper reports findings about research priorities in inclusive innovation. 

Citizen engagements in a globalizing world.

Author: Gaventa, J. &  Tandon, R. (eds.)
Publication date: 2010

This is an introductory chapter to the book: Globalizing Citizens: New Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion. It explores among others the impact of the changing nature of global governance on the meanings and identities of citizenship and the related practices of citizen action.

Civil Society at Crossroads: Shifts, Challenges, Options?

Author: PRIA
Publication date: 2012

In 2011, the Civil Society @ Crossroads initiative was launched to deepen the collective understanding of the changing nature of civil society, and its implications for capacity, around the world. The initiative aimed to answer the question: "What are the roles, capacities, contributions and limitations of civil society in the changing local and global contexts?" 

This publication brings together the lessons learned based on the extensive documentation and analysis of the civil society stories.

Civil society - BRICS engagement: opportunities and challenges

Authors: Tandon, R. & Bandyopadhyay, K.K.
Publication date: 2013

This paper reviews the emergence of BRICS and its perceived potential and limitation. More importantly, it critically examines how it matters to civil society. Does BRICS as an alliance of the 'rising powers' hold any promise to address the shared interests and concerns of civil society in these countries nationally and globally?

Development Partnerships with the Private Sector at Work

Author: Pfisterer, S
Publication date: 2013

Increasingly, government-led development agencies work together with the private sector in partnerships for development. Based on seven Dutch-Colombian partnership cases, with Colombian private sector involvement, this research investigated how these partnerships work in practice.

What's behind the demand for governance? An assessment of people's views

Author: Gina Bergh, Alina Rocha Menocal and Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi
Publication date: 2014

This paper analyses emerging data from the United Nations' MY World survey of people’s priorities for the future and how they have voted on governance-related issues. The authors compare this with a review of available evidence from global perception surveys and participatory research on people’s views and experiences relating to governance.

When is redistribution popular? Social conflict and the politics of inequality

Author: Rodriquez, L.
Publication date: 2014

This research suggests that there is political will from the general public to act upon inequality, but that the challenge is for governments and practitioners to act quickly when inequality is starting to rise in order to capitalise the support towards redistributive policies rather than waiting until it is high and entrenched in the political and economic system.

Shifting the way we co-create. How we can turn the challenges of sustainability into opportunities.

Authors: Kuenkel, P. & Schaefer, K (for The Collective Leadership Institute)
Publication date: 2013

In May 2012, the Collective Leadership Institute started a research project to explore the factors and patterns that help engender a collective way of leading for sustainability. The insights gained from this study show that isolated action needs to be replaced by collective leadership – a paradigm shift in how individuals find their leadership roles in the spirit of co-creation and contribution to the common good.