Learning to do Action Research for Social Change

Author: Pettit, J. (University of Sussex)
Publication date: 2010, In: International Journal of Communication, 4, Pp. 820-827

Action research provides an alternative approach to bringing about changes in knowledge, policy, and practice. But to be effective and inclusive, taking into account complex dynamics of power and participation, action research requires capable facilitators with particular skills.

Social inclusion in productive safety net programmes

Author: Combaz, E. (for GSDRC - Governance and Social Development Resource Centre)
Publication date: 2013

In this Helpdesk Research Report, GSDRC aims to answer the following question:

What has worked in achieving social inclusion in labour-intensive productive safety net programmes in the agricultural sector? Consider analysis, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Where possible, draw on evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Citizens' role in political settlements

Author: Rao, S. (for GSDRC - Governance and Social Development Resource Centre)
Publication date: 2013

This Helpdesk Research report by GSDRC outlines the concept of political settlement and introduces literature on potential citizen roles in such settlements. In particular, this report draws on an upcoming, unpublished document which synthesises current thinking and draws insights from an on-going project on civil society participation in peace processes.

IOB Study: Public-Private Partnership in developing countries

Author: IOB (for the Government of the Netherlands)
Publication date: 2013

This IOB study provides insights in the variety and effectiveness of public-private partnerships (PPP). Due attention is given to the motives and rationale for relying on PPPs and the expected outcomes of PPP arrangements.

DLP Background paper 4: Conceptions of Leadership

Author: Heather Lyne de Ver (for DLP - Developmental Leadership Program)
Publication date: 2009

There is now a wide recognition in the international community that ‘leadership matters’ for growth and development, just as there was recognition some years ago that ‘institutions matter’. But what is ‘leadership’? How is it defined and can there be universal understandings and application of the concept?

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:

Learning for Development: A literature review

Author(s): Pasteur, K.
Publication Date: 2004

This literature review results from the collaboration of ActionAid, DFID, Sida and the Participation Group at the Institute of Development Studies to explore understandings of learning and to document innovative approaches.

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.

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: