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A Guide to Multistakeholder Work: Lessons from the Water Dialogues

Author: Coulby, H.
Publication date: 2009

This guide summarises the tools and methods used and the lessons learned from The Water Dialogues – a project that brings together a wide range of stakeholders to address a highly controversial issue around the privatisation of water supply and sanitation services with the aim of improving policy and practice.

Although its contents are rooted in the experience of The Water Dialogues project, the guide should be useful to anyone who is planning to develop their own form of multistakeholder work.

CognitiveEdge class: SenseMaker® Environment

A self-paced introduction to SenseMaker® and how Cognitive Edge approaches narrative as applied to team, organizational, marketplace or environment issues and opportunities. While it is not facilitator-led, you can also learn from and collaborate online with other participants. The course materials go through the process of working with SenseMaker®, introduces the important terms and key concepts, and illustrates typical results.

Shifting the way we co-create. How we can turn the challenges of sustainability into opportunities.

Authors: Kuenkel, P. & Schaefer, K (for The Collective Leadership Institute)
Publication date: 2013

In May 2012, the Collective Leadership Institute started a research project to explore the factors and patterns that help engender a collective way of leading for sustainability. The insights gained from this study show that isolated action needs to be replaced by collective leadership – a paradigm shift in how individuals find their leadership roles in the spirit of co-creation and contribution to the common good.

SAS2: A Guide to Collaborative Inquiry and Social Engagement

Author: Chevalier, J.M. & Buckles, D.J.
Publication date: 2008

This guide represents a significant international effort to support the creation and mobilization of practical, authentic knowledge for social change. The guiding principle behind SAS2 (Social Analysis Systems) is that group dialogue and social inquiry are crucial for local and global development.

Social issues must be addressed socially and in a multistakeholder mode, not by private interests and experts alone, and the insights that emerge fully integrated into processes of knowledge production, planning, and decision-making.

Social learning for adaptation: A descriptive handbook for practitioners and action researchers

Authors: Cundill, G. et alii.
Publication date: 2014

This handbook presents the experience of a participatory social learning process that evolved to support individual and community level adaptation to the myriad of stressors affecting rural people. The most critical factor emerging through the experience of this social learning process is how facilitators see their roles and their relationships with participants.

Partnership Matters Journal 4

Authors: several authors for The Partnering Initiative
Publication date: 2006

The Partnership Matters Journal explores a range of topics in cross-sector partnerships and drew on the work on those involved in the International Business Leaders Forum and University of Cambridge Programme for Industry Post-graduate Certificate in Cross-Sector Partnerships programme. 

In this last edition, special attention is given to partnerships with the private sector, including several case studies.

FAO Capacity development learning module 2: FAO approaches to capacity development in programming: processes and tools

Author: FAO
Publication date: 2012

This second learning module includes examples and tools to support endogenous capacity development processes in the areas of FAO’s mandate.

Learning Module 2 is organized around four major themes:

  • engaging with national/local actors
  • analysing the context and assessing capacity needs
  • focused objectives and indicators (including monitoring and evaluating capacity development)
  • highlighting sustainability

It also offers a toolkit including examples, methods and instruments.

 

FAO Capacity development learning module 4: Organization analysis and development

Author: FAO
Publication date: 2013

This fourth learning module aims to create a basic understanding of organization development (OD) and system thinking approaches, as even a basic understanding can cultivate a new way of working. It reflects the learning experience, constructive inputs and wealth of exchanges from the OD seminar series which was held in FAO between March and November 2012.

The module covers the following areas:

  • understanding organization analysis and development
  • supporting the design of change processes
  • engaging in effective multistakeholders' processes
  • measuring organizational change.

FAO Capacity Development Learning Module 3: FAO Good Learning Practices for Effective Capacity Development

Author: FAO
Publication date: 2012

This third learning module reflects the multidisciplinary nature of Capacity Development, which cuts across the entirety of the organization, and the importance that FAO management and staff have placed upon it.

This Module covers the following curriculum areas:

  • Learning activities as modalities for Capacity Development
  • Planning and coordinating learning activities
  • The Learning Management Cycle
  • Evaluation of learning activities 
  • Selected FAO good training practices
  • 8 Toolboxes

IMARK: Free e-learning module on knowledge sharing for development

The module was developed to provide organizations and communities with the necessary tools and methodologies required to develop their knowledge capacities, and enable them to work more effectively.

Target audience

It is aimed at staff working in a wide range of organizations including international organizations, donor agencies, multilaterals, NGOs, research institutes, national governments, regional organizations, and indigenous NGOs.