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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.

Exploring alternative approaches for managing electoral injustice in Africa

Author: Ajayi, K.
Publication date: 2010, ISS Paper 214

This study addresses the issue of electoral justice and succession crises in Nigeria and Kenya. It looks the role of womens movements and the naked breast protests, and investigates the possibility of converting these strategies to regional tools for achieving electoral justice, peace and political stability.

Development Partnerships with the Private Sector at Work

Author: Pfisterer, S
Publication date: 2013

Increasingly, government-led development agencies work together with the private sector in partnerships for development. Based on seven Dutch-Colombian partnership cases, with Colombian private sector involvement, this research investigated how these partnerships work in practice.

What's behind the demand for governance? An assessment of people's views

Author: Gina Bergh, Alina Rocha Menocal and Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi
Publication date: 2014

This paper analyses emerging data from the United Nations' MY World survey of people’s priorities for the future and how they have voted on governance-related issues. The authors compare this with a review of available evidence from global perception surveys and participatory research on people’s views and experiences relating to governance.

When is redistribution popular? Social conflict and the politics of inequality

Author: Rodriquez, L.
Publication date: 2014

This research suggests that there is political will from the general public to act upon inequality, but that the challenge is for governments and practitioners to act quickly when inequality is starting to rise in order to capitalise the support towards redistributive policies rather than waiting until it is high and entrenched in the political and economic system.

ODI Strategic plan 2014-2017

The ODI strategic plan sets out the five main areas in which ODI will seek to make a difference, from the 'global to the local', in the coming three years. This document briefly introduces the strategic priorities and change directions.

The five strategic priorities in the plan are:

  • Eradicating absolute poverty and equalising opportunity
  • Promoting effective action on climate change and managing resources sustainably
  • Protecting people threatened by conflict, disasters and insecurity
  • Building accountable and inclusive institutions
  • Increasing productivity and creating jobs through transformative growth

Forum for the Future: What is system innovation?

Forum for the Future believes 'System innovation' will change in food and energy systems change for a sustainable future. By working with leading businesses and organisations, they aim to use our system innovation approach to transform the critical systems we all depend on, such as food, energy and finance, to make them fit the challenges of the 21st century. This video presents the system innovation approach.

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.

State–civil society relations: the potential contribution of the African Peer Review Mechanism

Author: Petlane, T.
Publication date: 2013, In: SAIIA Policy Briefing No 80

This policy briefing reflects on the benefits of participation by non-state actors in the African Peer Review Mechanism programme (APRM). It suggests that countries should build on the gains made from citizens and governments working together. APRM reviews should serve as a blueprint for strengthening contributions from a wide range of CSOs in national policy debates and policy implementation.

Recommendations are included for governments, CSOs and the research community.

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.