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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.

Dynamic systems and the challenge of sustainability

Author: Scoones, I. et alii. (for STEPS Centre)
Publication date: 2007

Dynamism, uncertainty and complexity dominate today’s world. Yet many policy interventions ignore this, and so often fail. What is missing is a rigorous and systematic approach to addressing dynamics, one that encompasses an understanding of complex system dynamics and provides a useable guide to action. This paper is a first attempt by the STEPS Centre to address this challenge.

Engaging BRICS: Challenges and Opportunities for Civil Society

Author: John, L. (study supported by Oxfam India)
Publication date: 2012

This paper explores ideas and insights for civil society engagement with the BRICS agenda, based largely on interviews held with 34 representatives of the development sector, academia and media within BRICS countries and outside.

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.

Hallmarks and Features of High–Quality Community-Based Services

Authors: Kendrick, M.J. et alii.
Publication date: 2006

This paper is the second in a series of three papers on unlocking the code of effective systems change. It identifies the features of high-quality integrated community services and the systems that support them. It serves as foundation work for additional exploration and discussion of what constitutes effective community services.

Key Components of Systems Change

Authors: Kendrick, M.J. et alii.
Publication date: 2006

This paper is the first in a series of three papers on unlocking the code of effective systems change. In this paper, the authors attempt to create an overall framework for the discussion of systems change and to give a summary of the concepts discussed in all three papers.

In addition, this paper includes several specific recommendations that can be applied now by any grantee, state, or program to enhance prospects of achieving enduring change in home- and community-based services.

A Guide to Multistakeholder Work: Lessons from the Water Dialogues

Author: Coulby, H.
Publication date: 2009

This guide summarises the tools and methods used and the lessons learned from The Water Dialogues – a project that brings together a wide range of stakeholders to address a highly controversial issue around the privatisation of water supply and sanitation services with the aim of improving policy and practice.

Although its contents are rooted in the experience of The Water Dialogues project, the guide should be useful to anyone who is planning to develop their own form of multistakeholder work.

Pathways to Collaborative Action: Transforming agricultural, land and food systems

Authors: McKenzie, F.
Publicateion date: 2013

This Ecoagriculture Discussion Paper explores the possibilities of taking cross-sectoral collaborative action to break away from business-as-usual. It shows how the complexity of the sustainability challenges makes cross-sectoral collaboration so essential. It highlights how complex non-linear linkages exist between food, agricultural, and land systems. It argues that if we are to effectively operate in this nexus, then we need to seriously reconsider the way we work together.