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Community Toolbox: Leadership and Management Toolkit

This online toolkit provides information about the core functions of leadership, management, and group facilitation. It clarifies the different types, styles and functions of leadership, including ethical and collaborative leadership, and shares insights on how to encourage and build leadership. A separate chapter focuses on the essentials of becoming an effective manager. The last chapter zooms in on group facilitation and problem-solving. 

Agency and Citizenship in a Context of Gender-Based Violence

Authors: Shahrokh, T. & Wheeler, J.
Publication date: 2014 (IDS Evidence Report no 73)

This pilot evaluation explores how citizenship and agency among social activists can be fostered in contexts of urban violence at the local level. The focus of this pilot is to understand how a sense of democratic citizenship and the ability to act on that citizenship at the local level can contribute to reducing different types of urban violence and promote security; and how becoming an activist against violence can contribute to constructing a sense of citizenship.

How do governments become great? Ten cases, two competing explanations, one large research agenda

Author: Andrews, M.
Publication date: 2013

Governments can play great roles in their countries, regions, and cities; facilitating or leading the resolution of festering problems and opening new pathways for progress. Examples are more numerous than one might imagine and raise an important question: ‘how do governments become great?’.

Engaging communities: evaluating social accountability in school feeding programmes

Authors: Johnson, C. & Janoch, E.
Publication date: 2011

This policy brief addresses the question of how implementers of Home Grown School Feeding systems can create and operationalize feedback systems between communities, governments and external partners to ensure Home Grown School Feeding Programmes are meeting communities’ needs.

Shaping local climate policies – a review of experience

Author: Ryan, D.
Publication date: 2014

This short literature review provides initial reflections on conditions shaping climate policy at the city level in developing countries. The key message is that a city needs the following in order to effectively advance climate compatible development:

Innovation, solidarity and South-South learning: the role of civil society from middle-income countries in effective development cooperation

Authors: Poskitt, A. & Shankland, A.
Publication date: 2014

This briefing aims to highlight the contribution of civil society organisations to the roles which middle-income countries play not just as recipients of aid, but also as innovators and providers of development cooperation. It draws on a review of available literature, on the evidence from the BRICS countries and Mexico gathered by the IDS Rising Powers in International Development programme and on four case studies.

Civicus Advocacy toolkit: Influencing the post-2015 development agenda

Authors: Amy Cutter (Stakeholder Forum), Ian Fenn (Stakeholder Forum) and Freya Seath (CIVICUS)
Publication date: 2014

This advocacy toolkit is for civil society and other stakeholder organisations, coalitions and individuals that wish to influence the post-2015 development agenda, including the design of the Sustainable Development Goals. It aims to equip you with relevant information and tools to enable you to develop and implement an effective post-2015 advocacy strategy.

Civicus Civil Society Index - rapid assesment - West Africa regional report

Author: CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
Publication date: 2014

In 2013, civil society in six West African countries - Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone - undertook an assessment of the health and conditions of civil society. They applied the CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation Civil Society Index-Rapid Assessment (CSI-RA) tool. This summary report draws from the six country reports to present key common findings, particularly as they
relate to the health of and conditions for civil society organisations (CSOs).

Civil Society at Crossroads: Shifts, Challenges, Options?

Author: PRIA
Publication date: 2012

In 2011, the Civil Society @ Crossroads initiative was launched to deepen the collective understanding of the changing nature of civil society, and its implications for capacity, around the world. The initiative aimed to answer the question: "What are the roles, capacities, contributions and limitations of civil society in the changing local and global contexts?" 

This publication brings together the lessons learned based on the extensive documentation and analysis of the civil society stories.

Civil society - BRICS engagement: opportunities and challenges

Authors: Tandon, R. & Bandyopadhyay, K.K.
Publication date: 2013

This paper reviews the emergence of BRICS and its perceived potential and limitation. More importantly, it critically examines how it matters to civil society. Does BRICS as an alliance of the 'rising powers' hold any promise to address the shared interests and concerns of civil society in these countries nationally and globally?