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Dialogic Approaches to Global Challenges: Moving from “Dialogue Fatigue” to Dialogic Change Processes

Authors: Pruitt, B. & Waddell, S.
Publication date: 2005

This working paper of the Generative Dialogue Project looks at dialogic change processes, which involve people coming together seeking to make positive change through conversation and agreement as an answer to the challenges of globalization.

It zooms in on the case of climate change, followed by an analysis of global change initiatives. It concludes that this new model of organizing will not supplant the existing international system but it is an essential complement to it.

Kenya: democracy and political participation. Discussion paper.

Authors: Kanyinga, K.
Publication date: 2014

This discussion paper examines the challenges of democracy and participation in Kenya; it explores the general promise and failure of Kenya’s hesitant transition to democracy. The paper seeks to find out what went wrong with the project to bring ‘democracy and participation’ to Kenya.

Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: participatory research in climate change and agriculture

Author: Jost, C., Ferdous, N. & Spicer, T.D.
Publication date: 2014

This manual introduces a wide range of participatory strategies and tools for research to guide the implementation of climate smart agriculture and efforts to achieve food security in rural communities. It is intended for NGO practitioners and program designers interested in diagnostic and action research for gender sensitive and socially inclusive climate change programs.

Alice Hausman on Measuring Community-Defined Indicators of Success

In this blog post, Alice Hausman, professor of Public Health at Temple University shares a lesson learned and hot tips on measuring community based on her work as community based participatory research (CBPR) evaluator of youth violence prevention initiatives in urban environments. 

Read more at: http://aea365.org/blog/alice-hausman-on-measuring-community-defined-indi...

Middle Eastern youth and the Arab Spring: cross-national variation and trends in values

Authors: Moaddel, M. & Jong, J. de
Publication date: 2014

Scholars and analysts widely claimed that the youth played a crucial role in the making of the revolutionary movements dubbed the Arab Spring. There has been little empirical evidence, however, to substantiate this claim and to document how much the younger age groups differ from the older in value orientation in different Middle Eastern countries.

In this paper, the data from the values surveys carried out in the region are analysed in order to assess cross-national variation and trend in the values and perceptions of the youth in several Middle Eastern countries.

Antipoverty transfers and inclusive growth in Brazil

Authors: Barrientos, A.; Debowicz, D. & Woolard, I.
Publication date: 2014

The paper examines the growth of antipoverty transfers in Brazil and their role in securing inclusive growth. This paper provides a comprehensive assessment of the role of antipoverty transfers in securing inclusive growth. It examines their design, implementation, outcomes, and sustainability. It also sketches their potential relevance to African countries and zooms in on South-South cooperation. 

“We Need a Culture of Truth” The Role of Civil Society Organisations in Transitional Justice

Authors: Eunice, O. & Kuklick, C. 
Publication date: 2014

The Refugee Law Project recently met with a number of civil society organisations and key stakeholders to discuss transitional justice and national reconciliation in Uganda.

The aim of the meeting and stakeholder dialogue was to identify and work with each other toward achieving sustainable peace on both the local and national level. This report sheds light on the discussions held in the event.

Embracing change through art, design and new leadership

Authors: Forte, I. & Everts, P.
Publication date: 2013

The radio reporter couldn’t suppress her amazement when she heard that Dutch entrepreneurs successfully ran a school for creativity in China. “But China was already a very creative society more than thousand years ago”, she argued. 

Her guest politely reminded her that in the middle of the 20th Century, Communism took power. Since then, creativity was erased from the collective mindset. During the conversation, it became strikingly clear how vulnerable any system becomes when creative expressions or contributions are banned.

Innovation that sticks (in Dutch)

Author: Stenden Hogeschool
Publication date: 2012

In deze publicatie van Stenden KennisCentrum Sociale Innovatie belicht de rol van sociale innovatie in een reeks activiteiten en bedrijfscases uit Nederland.

From best practice to best fit: understanding and navigating wicked problems in international development

Authors: Ramalingam, B., Laric,M. & Primrose, J.
Publication date: 2014

This Working Paper summarises the findings of a series of small-scale pilots of selected complex systems methods in DFID’s wealth creation work. The pilots contributed to improved analysis and understanding of a range of wicked problems, and generated tangible findings that were directly utilised in corporate and programmatic decisions.