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Transforming Power: From Zero-Sum to Win-Win?

Author(s): Chambers, R.
Publication Date: 2006 

This article results from IDS requesting Robert Chambers to review his personal journey on reflecting upon the concept of power. By building on the questioning and qualifying of popular discourses on power, Chambers shares his insight with the reader that there is extensive unrealised potential for win-win solutions through uppers using their power over to empower.

Learning for Change: Principles and practices of learning organisations

Author(s): Britton, B. (Swedish Mission Council)
Publication Date: 2002

In this document of the Swedish Mission Council, Britton tackles the issue of learning in development organisations. In his view, learning organisations are not just organisations that learn well, but agencies that successfully disseminate those lessons and promote uptake of good practice.

The Community Builder’s Approach to Theory of Change: A Practical Guide to Theory Development

Author: Anderson, A. A.
Publication Date: 2006

The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change developed an approach to help community builders create the most robust theories of change possible. This guide is designed for planners and evaluators who are going to facilitate a process for creating a theory of change with community-based programs and community change initiatives.

More Sustainable Participation? Multi-Stakeholder Platforms for Integrated Catchment Management

Author: Jeroen F. Warner
Publication Date: 15th August 2006

Written in the context of catchment area management and using examples from around the world, this paper promotes realistic expectations of multi-stakeholder platforms (MSP’s). Recognizing that MSP’s and participatory methods in general are a “hot-topic” in development effectiveness discussions, the paper analyses why MSP’s are seen to be attractive processes under three main rationales:

Multi-Stakeholder Platforms: Integrating Society in Water Resource Management?

Author:  Jeroen Warner
Publication Date: 2006

The paper describes MSP’s as an important companion to Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), a vital component in an environment of increasing degrees of variety and variability which integrates:

Multi-stakeholder Processes for Governance and Sustainability

Author:  Minu Hemmati
Publication Date: 2002

This book begins by recognizing that multi-stakeholder processes are an important tool in achieving a more sustainable future and by describing sustainable development as a process itself. The author herself describes the book as being about how people and organisations can work together in an increasingly complex political, social and economic environment.

Perspectives on Partnership: Highlights of a Literature Review

Authors: Douglas Horton, Gordon Prain and Graham Thiele
Publication Date: April 2010

The Institutional Learning and Change (ILAC) Initiative seeks to increase the contributions of agricultural research to sustainable reductions in poverty. This paper, a summary of a wider literature review,  begins by outlining the fact that partnerships are now seen as essential strategies in mobilising resources and capacities toward innovation, knowledge generation and decision-making processes.

Power: A practical guide for facilitating social change

Author(s): Raji Hunjan and Jethro Pettit
Publication Date: October 2011

The handbook is designed primarily for those who want to explore issues of power over a sustained period of time through workshops, one to one mentoring, and self-reflection. However, it can also be used by those who wish to start with an introduction to power analysis through stand-alone workshops. To this end, the handbook presents clear instructions, tips/suggestions and discussion points for use by the reader as practitioner.

Power Tools: Handbook to Tools and Resources

Author: Sonja Vermeulen
Publication Date: 2005

Describing power tools as policy tools to address asymmetries between marginalised groups and those who marginalise them, this guidebook presents 26 separate tools for use in the natural resource management policy-making arena. 

The Barefoot Guide to Working with Organisations and Social Change

Author(s): Barefoot collective (multiple contributors)
Publication Date: 2009

This highly illustrative book is a practical, do-it-yourself guide for leaders and facilitators wanting to help organisations to function and to develop in more healthy, human and effective ways