Tools for Analysing Power in Multi-stakeholder Processes - A menu -

This toolkit for stakeholder analysis and power analysis was drafted by WageningenUR Centre for Development Innovation in the context of an action research on ‘Power in Multi-Stakeholder Processes’ to help local researchers select tools for their specific situations.

Insights into participatory video - a handbook for the field

Authors: Nick and Chris Lunch
Publication Date: 2006 

Insight is a UK/France based organisation pioneering the use of Participatory Video as a tool for empowering individuals and communities. Insights Participatory Video methods value local knowledge, build bridges between communities and decision-makers and enable people to develop greater control over their own development and the decisions affecting their lives.

Video Conflict Liberia

This video fragment of the movie ‘Iron Ladies of Liberia’ illustrates how Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia and Nobel Peace Prize winner advocates for and executes leadership without repression.  

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Video Complex Adaptive Aystems

In this video, Dave Snowden, founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge, introduces the nature of systems and complexity through the metaphor of a children’s party. With this widely resonating metaphor, the different characteristics and implications of chaotic, ordered and complex realities are clarified. 

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Multi-stakeholder global networks: emerging systems for the global common good

Authors: Steve Waddell and Sanjeev Khagram
Publication date: 2007

Based on an extensive analysis of about 20 global action networks (GAN), the authors investigate their potential in the protection of the global commons and the production of global public goods. 

According to Waddell and Khagram, GANs have 5 definitional characteristics:

Chain-wide learning for inclusive agrifood market development

Author(s): Vermeulen, S., Woodhill, J., Proctor, F. & Delnoye, R.
Publication Date: 2008

Modern agrifood markets are dynamic. Rapid changes in how food is produced, processed, wholesaled and retailed affects the entire value chain - from producer to consumer. Particularly in countries with developing and emerging economies, the pace of change brings significant challenges for small-scale producers, policy makers and business.

A new Weave of Power, People & Politics: The Action Guide for Advocacy and Citizen Participation

Author(s): VeneKlasen, L. & Miller, V.
Publication Date: 2008

A New Weave of Power, People & Politics provides a well-tested approach for building people’s participation and collective power that goes beyond influencing policy and politics to transforming public decision-making altogether. The Guide’s approach to advocacy is geared to improving the lives and participation of marginalized people and forging broad alliances for reform across society.

Awakening Faith in an Alternative Future. A Consideration of Present: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future

Author(s): Senge, P.M., Scharmer, C.O.,  Jaworski, J., & Flowers, B.S. (in The SoL Journal on Knowledge, Learning, and Change)
Publication Date: 2004

Research Integration Using Dialogue Methods

Author(s): David McDonald, with Gabriele Bammer, Peter Deane
Publication Date: 2009

Describing research integration as the process of improving the understanding of real-world problems by synthesising relevant knowledge from diverse disciplines and stakeholders, this book discusses how methods and tools developed for the dialogic process can be useful for research integration. These tools include, among others:

A Theory of Social Change and Implications for Practice, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

Author(s): Reeler, D. (Community Development Resource Association)
Publication date: 2007

A theory of social change is proposed through this paper as one small contribution to a larger body of theorising.  This paper can be seen as an observational map to help practitioners, whether field practitioners or donors, including the people they are attempting to assist, to read and thus navigate processes of social change.