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The Brokering Guidebook – Navigating Effective Sustainable Development Partnerships

Author: Ros Tennyson
Publication Date: 2005

As a sister publication to “The Partnering Toolbox”, this guidebook highlights the critical role that a broker has as an intermediary, who enables partners to ensure the maximum effectiveness of their partnership. Aimed at those people who are about to engage in brokering activities in often diverse settings in different parts of the world, ‘The Brokering Guidebook’ outlines and supports the many varied tasks that a broker engages in as both process manager and behind-the-scenes leader.

The Partnering Toolbook

Author: Ros Tennyson
Publication Date: 2003

Based on  the experiences of practitioners of innovative, successful partnerships, the Partnering Toolbook is a concise step-by-step guide for those who are initiating a multi-stakeholder partnership (MSP).

Troubles on the way: An analysis of the challenges faced by multi-stakeholder platforms

Author: Nicolas Faysse
Publication Date: 2006

Using two cases from South Africa and Bolivia, both in regards to water resource management, this paper analyses Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSP’s) as a means of resolving conflicts around natural resource management in both developing countries and on a global level. In examining why MSP’s have been and continue to be viewed in an often unfavourable context, the author identifies  and discusses five principal issues:

Organisational Learning in NGOs - Creating the Motive, Means and Opportunity

Author:  Bruce Britton
Publication Date: March, 2005

This Praxis Paper explores the importance of organisational learning in NGOs drawing on examples gathered from interviews mainly with Northern NGO staff and from an extensive review of the literature.

The paper examines why NGOs need to provide the motive, means and opportunity for organisational learning and introduces practical examples of how pioneering NGOs are doing this.

Cynefin framework

Tool 21

Aim of the toolTo help participants understand the level of complexity of a situation and explore the implications for intervention strategies.
When to use it?This tool can be used in different phases of an
MSP, but particularly at a moment when strategies for change are discussed.

Making Evaluations Matter: A Practical Guide for Evaluators

Author(s):  Cecile Kusters with Simone van Vugt, Seerp Wigboldus, Bob Williams and Jim Woodhill

Publication Date:  2011

This guide attempts to provide an overall framework with guiding principles for conducting an evaluation. The guide draws heavily on the experiences of the Centre for Development Innovation

Learning with Stakeholders: A Keystone Guide to Stakeholder Dialogue

Author: Keystone

Publication Date: September 2006

This comprehensive guide and toolkit begins by discussing stakeholder dialogue as an essential process of societal learning, necessitated as a result of the varying backgrounds, interests, priorities, levels of access and overall capabilities of different relevant stakeholders.  Dialogue between the stakeholders can help to determine:

Introduction Exploring Power for Change , IDS Bulletin 37-6

Author(s): Rosalind Eyben, Collette Harris and Jethro Pettit

Publication Date: 2006

This article, an introduction to an IDS Bulletin, begins by discussing how participatory concepts and approaches highlight and provide new insights into the complex interactions between stakeholders at local, national and global levels. These concepts and approaches lead to questions regarding the impact of knowledge extension on social rules and policies, often influencing power relationships among actors.

Institutional Development: Learning by Doing and Sharing Approaches and tools for supporting institutional development

Author(s):  European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

This booklet presents a number of experiences, practices and tools used in institutional development (ID). The value of the tools lies not so much in their nature as in the way they are used.

How Change Happens Interdisciplinary Perspectives for Human Development

Author(s):  Roman Krznaric

Publication Date: 2007

Questions exist as to whether development thinking become too narrow and specialised and whether it fails to draw sufficiently on what has been learned outside the realm of development studies about how social change happens?. In search of the answers to these questions, this paper’s analysis is divided into three parts: