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“We Need a Culture of Truth” The Role of Civil Society Organisations in Transitional Justice

Authors: Eunice, O. & Kuklick, C. 
Publication date: 2014

The Refugee Law Project recently met with a number of civil society organisations and key stakeholders to discuss transitional justice and national reconciliation in Uganda.

The aim of the meeting and stakeholder dialogue was to identify and work with each other toward achieving sustainable peace on both the local and national level. This report sheds light on the discussions held in the event.

Women’s participation in green growth – a potential fully realised?

Author: von Hagen, M. & Willems, J.
Publication date: 2012

This study analyses opportunities and challenges for women’s participation in green growth in developing countries. The purpose of the study is threefold: 

  • to shed more light on the gender dimension of green growth, especially in the context of private sector development and thus fill a knowledge gap in the green growth discourse
  • to validate women’s contributions to green growth and sustainable private sector development
  • to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality

Leveraging the private sector to promote agriculture and natural resources-based livelihoods

Authors: Wiggins, S. & Keats, S.
Publication date: 2014

For the benefit of Livelihoods Advisers in DFID, this Topic Guide sets out the issues arising when stimulating private investment and initiatives to the benefit of small-scale and informal farmers, fishers and herders.

Local fundraising and claim-making in Kenya

Author: Lijfering, S.
Publication date: 2014

This article looks at how local fundraising and claim-making work in practice by zooming in on Kenya. Late 2013 the Kenyan Parliament put forward a law that would prohibit local NGOs to receive more than 15 percent of their funding from abroad. The bill was rejected, but it served as a wake-up call for Kenyan civil society.

Based on some field visits, the author investigates whether the emerging Kenyan middle class is even interested in development cooperation and whether they would be willing to contribute. 

On speaking, mediation, representation and listening: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

Author: Oswald, D.
Publication date: 2014

This think-piece focuses on ‘voice’ within the Making All Voices Count framework. It reflects on experiences, debates, assumptions, and questions about what ‘voice’ is and how it can be supported, with a particular focus on what this means for the ‘Making All Voices Count’ programme.

A local vision of climate adaptation: Participatory urban planning in Mozambique

Authors: Broto, V.C., Boyd, E., Ensor, J. & Allen, C.
Publication date: 2014

This article shares the findings of the project "Public Private People Partnerships for Climate Compatible Development (4PCCD)". It was a small project (£114,000) that ran from 2011 to 2013 in Maputo, Mozambique. It investigated whether local views be represented fairly in national and municipal planning processes through a partnership approach.

By experimenting with different forms of participatory planning, 4PCCD aimed to identify local priorities for climate-related action, along with the key actors and resources needed to make it happen.

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.

Work With Us: Community-driven research inspiring change

Work with us is a 20-minute film produced in collaboration with communities around the world as part of the Participate initiative (participate2015.org). The film recorded over 6 months in 7 countries provides an opportunity for some of the most marginalised people to communicate directly to decision-makers.

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.