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Engaging communities: evaluating social accountability in school feeding programmes

Authors: Johnson, C. & Janoch, E.
Publication date: 2011

This policy brief addresses the question of how implementers of Home Grown School Feeding systems can create and operationalize feedback systems between communities, governments and external partners to ensure Home Grown School Feeding Programmes are meeting communities’ needs.

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.

Where do the world’s poor live? A new update

Author: Sumner, A.
Publication date: 2012

This paper revisits, with new data, the changes in the distribution of global poverty towards middle-income countries (MICs). In doing so it discusses an implied ‘poverty paradox’ – the fact that most of the world’s extreme poor no longer live in the world’s poorest countries.

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.

Partnerships in Development Practice: Evidence from multi-stakeholder ICT4D partnership practice in Africa

Author: Unwin, T.
Publication date: 2005

The central aim of this paper is to problematise the notion of partnership in development practice, with particular emphasis on partnerships in the field of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D). It seeks to challenge taken for granted ideas concerning such partnerships, and it argues that those involved in such initiatives need to have in place formal concepts about their structure, organisation and intention.

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.

Exploring alternative approaches for managing electoral injustice in Africa

Author: Ajayi, K.
Publication date: 2010, ISS Paper 214

This study addresses the issue of electoral justice and succession crises in Nigeria and Kenya. It looks the role of womens movements and the naked breast protests, and investigates the possibility of converting these strategies to regional tools for achieving electoral justice, peace and political stability.