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USAID Social media handbook for agricultural development practitioners

Authors: Andres, D. & Woodard, J. (for USAID)
Publication date: 2013

This interactive handbook for agricultural development practitioners provides useful information on how to plan and use social media for development. An in-depth case study and illustrative examples are included.

IDS: Participatory methods.org

The Participatory Methods website provides resources to generate ideas and action for inclusive development and social change. The website is set up as an online guide, bringing together ideas, thoughts, studies, challenges, resources and other information about participatory methods.

A guide for managing projects and programmes in the face of complexity

Authors: Hummelbrunner, R. & Jones, H.
Publication date: 2013

Complexity heightens the importance of effective management, but poses challenges for the tools and approaches used most widely to manage international development projects.

This ODI guide, which follows 'A guide to planning and strategy development in the face of complexity', addresses the challenges managers face steering development interventions towards their intended goals in the face of three types of challenges:

A guide for planning and strategy development in the face of complexity

Authors: Hummelbrunner, R. & Jones, H.
Publication date: 2013

This Background Note is a guide, explaining how planning and strategy development can be carried out despite complexity. While it is true that complex situations require a greater focus on learning and adaptation, this does not render plan­ning irrelevant.

The Change Management Toolbook: A collection of tools, methods and strategies

Authors: Nauheimer, H.

The Change Management Toolbook is a collection of more than 120 tools, methods and strategies that you can apply during different stages of personal, team and organisational development, in training, facilitation and consulting. It is divided into three principal sections: Self, Team and Larger Systems.

ODI: How donors engage with business

Author: Smith, W. (for ODI)
Publication date: 2013

Business engagement is a tool through which donors can better achieve their existing objectives. This ODI paper lays out types of business, modalities of engagement and some approaches to donors-business interaction.

The author concludes among others that, instead of funding the activities of private sector entities, donors may actually play more of a facilitating role as brokers of knowledge and relationships.

GIZ Guidebook for MSP facilitation

Authors: GIZ, onbehalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Expert opinions by Jim Woodhill & Simone van der Vugt; Darian Stibbe (based on Ros Tennyson, with Nazneen Huq & Joanna Pyres); Vanessa Sayers; Douglas Kativu.

Publication Date: 2011

This GIZ guidebook has been designed and written for facilitators of MSPs. It offers the reader the following benefits:

Forum for the Future: Creating the big shift: system innovation for sustainability

Author: Draper, S. (for Forum for the Future)
Publication date: 2013 

Forum for the Future aims to transform the critical systems that we all depend on, such as food and energy, to make them fit for the challenges of the 21st century. This publication clarifies why system innovation is at the heart of their strategy. With “six steps to significant change”, a simple framework is provided for those trying to make an impact.

From platform to partnerships. When and How to use Dialogues for Effective Multi-Stakeholder Engagement.

Author(s): Tulder, R.v.

Publication date: 2011

This paper by the Partnerships Resource Centre addresses the conceptual confusion over basic terminology concerning multi-stakeholder processes. To make use of the full potential of multi-stakeholder processes to deal with complex problems, the author advocates for crystal clear understandings of the organizational format (platform or partnership) and techniques (normal or strategic stakeholder dialogue) chosen.

GIZ Stakeholder Dialogues Manual.

Author(s): Künkel, P.; Gerlach, S. et al. (for GIZ)

Publication Date: 2011

This GIZ manual provides the reader with a thorough understanding of the concept of ‘stakeholder dialogues and on how to apply it successfully. Ample attention is given to the Dialogic Change Model and the principle of dialogue as well as to issues of communication, process monitoring and facilitation.