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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:

 

Guidebook for MSP Facilitation

Created by : GIZ (CCPS)

Publication Date : June 2011

This one-stop guidebook on the facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes is designed to act as not only a checklist in preparation for the facilitation of an MSP, but also to act as a compass, helping facilitators to navigate through the many phases of often diverse and complex MSP’s. Presenting advisory contributions from experts of various backgrounds, the guidebook also acts as a companion guide, detailing best practices which have been learned through years of experience.

Finding the spaces for change a Power Analysis, IDS Bulletin.

Author(s):  John Gaventa
Publication Date:  2006

This IDS Bulletin begins by recognizing that in spite of the emerging new spaces and opportunities for citizen engagement in policy processes, questions still remain as to whether these new spaces actually impact power disparities sufficiently in order to improve pro-poor policy.

Equity, power games and legitimacy: dilemmas of participatory learning processes

Authors : Cécile Barnaud and Annemarie Van Paassen

Publication Date :  July 2010

Designers of participatory learning processes in heterogeneous social contexts often encounter problems ranging from claims that the processes and their designers are negatively influenced by powerful stakeholders, to accusations of illegitimate interventions in social settings where some stakeholders are empowered relative to others.

Empowerment and Poverty Reduction: A Sourcebook

Author(s): Deepa Narayan, Senior Adviser, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management

Publication Date:  May 1, 2002

This book defines the World Bank’s approach to empowerment for economic growth and poverty reduction. It also discusses  the World Bank’s social development  strategy. The book presents first the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of empowerment, before examining how to apply this theory in practice, also discussing the lessons learned from analysing previous empowerment-focused projects.

Disadvantaged Groups in Multi-stakeholder Negotiations

Authors: David Edmunds and Eva Wollenberg

Publication Date: June 2002

Negotiations are seen to be of vital importance by environmental and development practitioners when guiding natural resource stakeholders towards collective action on natural resource sustainability. Aimed at practitioners of multi-stakeholder negotiation processes, this paper examines how power differences can result in disadvantaged groups of stakeholders not maximising the benefits of negotiations and discusses the issue under the following headings:

An Introduction to Multi-Actor Processes

Author(s): Art Dewulf

Publication Date: 2007

Demonstrating that many of today’s problems cannot be solved by any one actor, this paper presents social problems as “inherently wicked” and in need of multi-actor collaboration.  The paper presents five main features critical to the collaborative process:

Development, Complexity and Evolution

Author(s): Owen Barder

Publication Date:  October 2010

This illustrative PowerPoint slide-set examines development as a complex “wicked problem” which can only be solved through evolution, not design. Recognizing that evolution requires variation and selection, the author states that “almost impossible problems” in history have only been solved through the evolution process.

Demystifying Facilitation in Participatory Development, IIED

Author(s): Annemarie Groot and Marleen Maarleveld

Publication Date:  2000

This article, part of IIED’s Gatekeeper Series, begins by highlighting how blueprint approaches to development often have insufficient capacity building elements, which contribute to sustainable natural resource management. The authors promote the emergent trend of multi-actor, multi-scale approaches toward sustainable NRM.

Conflict Transformation: A Multi-Dimensional Task

Author: Hugh Maill

Publication Date: 2004

What is the state-of-the-art in conflict transformation theory? Does a theory of conflict transformation already exist, and if so, what are its main foundations? This paper aims to identify what is distinctive about conflict transformation theory and practice, as well as to identify its key dimensions.