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Ted Talk Fred Swaniker: The leaders who ruined Africa, and the generation who can fix it

Before he hit eighteen, Fred Swaniker had lived in Ghana, Gambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. What he learned from a childhood across Africa was that while good leaders can't make much of a difference in societies with strong institutions, in countries with weak structures, leaders could make or break a country.

In a passionate talk the entrepreneur and TED Fellow looks at different generations of African leaders and imagines how to develop the leadership of the future.

20 Essential TED Talks for Future Leaders

Author: Writers, S.
Publication date: 2012

If you want to get to the top in any field, whether it’s business, science, or even construction, you have to have some pretty solid leadership skills. This article presents a collection of some of the best TED Talks for anyone, young or old, hoping to hone their leadership abilities.

Gender-Equitable Public Investment: How Time-Use Surveys Can Help

Author: Fontana, M.
Publication date: 2014

Macroeconomic policy often fails to recognise the disproportionate burden of unpaid care work on women, and as a result reinforces both gender and income inequalities.

By providing detailed information on how this burden is unequally distributed across gender, class, ethnicity and other socioeconomic characteristics, time-use data can help in guiding more equitable allocations of public resources and promoting government budget priorities that recognise the importance of unpaid work, both for the economy and for human wellbeing.

Innovation in institutional collaboration. The role of interlocutors.

Author: Fowler, A.
Publication date: 2014, In: ISS Working Paper Series / General Series , Volume 584 p. 1- 29

The world is said to be confronted with complex issues working against the long term well-being of people and planet that can only be effectively addressed through (hyper) collective effort. Past approaches to collaboration are however not good enough for operating in tomorrow’s conditions.

Drawing on Actor Network Theory, this paper explores a category of actant – an interlocutor – as potentially crucial in committing to, arranging and holding together complex collective action engagements. 

A vote of confidence: retrospective voting in Africa

Author: Ellis, E.
Publication date: 2014, In: Afroboarometer, Working Paper No 147

This study asks attention for the importance of retrospective voting in Africa, through which voters offer positive reinforcement for good presidential behavior. The author argues that the African electoral fortunes denote a vote of confidence, and tests that contention by regressing vote intention against performance evaluations.

Another resource curse?: the impact of remittances on political participation

Authors: Dionne, K.Y., Inman, K.L. & Montinola, G.R.
Publication date: 2014 In: Afrobarometer, Working Paper No 145

International remittances have grown dramatically over the past few decades. This article focuses on the political impact of remittances, and in particular, its effect on political participation.

The authors provide the first cross-country, individual-level analysis on remittances’ effect on political participation. Their work shows that remittances may not necessarily demobilize citizens, as previous work on Mexico suggests. 

Multi-Stakeholder Sustainability Alliances in Agri-Food Chains: A Framework for Multi-Disciplinary Research

Authors: Dentoni, D. & Peterson, C.
Publication date: 2011 In: International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 14 (5)

This study provides a definition of Multi-Stakeholder Sustainability Alliances (MSSAs) based on describing the platforms formed and/or joined by the fifty largest food and beverage multinational corporations (MNCs).

Approaches for Setting-up Multi-Stakeholder Platforms for Agricultural Research and Development

Authors: Adekunle, A.A. &  Fatunbi, A.O.
Publication date: 2012 In:World Applied Sciences Journal 16 (7): 981-988

This article introduces the concept of Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) and the constituent Innovation Platform (IP) as a workable multistakeholders approach for sustainable agricultural research and development.

Unfolding the power of ESD. Lessons learned and way forward.

Authors: The Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD)
Publication date: 2012

This conference report contains key messages on the future development of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), based on the knowledge exchange and creative co-thinking of 120 policy makers, researchers and practitioners at the conference on ESD, held in Sweden in 2012. 

The Inquiry Based Approach (IBA) - a facilitator's handbook

Authors: Westin, M., Calderon, C. & Hellquist, A. (eds.)
Publication date: 2014

The Inquiry Based Approach (IBA) has been developed to facilitate multi-stakeholder collaboration for the transformation of situations which are contested, uncertain and complex; known as “wicked situations”. Drawing on learning theory and the action research tradition, the IBA revolves around an inquiry, a question that enables collaboration among various stakeholders. 

This handbook can be used as course material in training for facilitators or as a standalone guide for designing and facilitating collaboration.