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Local fundraising and claim-making in Kenya

Author: Lijfering, S.
Publication date: 2014

This article looks at how local fundraising and claim-making work in practice by zooming in on Kenya. Late 2013 the Kenyan Parliament put forward a law that would prohibit local NGOs to receive more than 15 percent of their funding from abroad. The bill was rejected, but it served as a wake-up call for Kenyan civil society.

Based on some field visits, the author investigates whether the emerging Kenyan middle class is even interested in development cooperation and whether they would be willing to contribute. 

Capacity, complexity and consulting: lessons from managing capacity development projects

Author: Datta, A., Shaxson, L. & Pellini, A.
Publication date: 2012

In the past few years, the ODI’s Research and Policy in Development Programme has increasingly collaborated with or managed large multiyear projects where it has been responsible for helping local institutions and organisations to build their capacity to use knowledge to improve policies and practices.

Setting aside the issue of knowledge-to-policy links, this paper serves to 1) reflect on what capacity is and how it develops; 2) identify implications of this for approaches used to promote capacity improvement processes; and 3) assess what this means for funding
practices.

Capacity.org: Innovative financing for inclusive agricultural development

As traditional official development assistance decreases attention is turning to how best to catalyse private funding for development.  However, private companies need to generate returns on their investments. To what extent does this limit private financing from reaching the poor and marginalised, referred to by Paul Collier as the ‘bottom billion’? In other words, can financing solutions involving private sector actors be inclusive?

Negotiating perceptions: Al-Shabaab and Taliban views of aid agencies

Authors: Jackson, A.
Publication date: 2014

What armed groups like Al-Shabaab and the Taliban think of aid agencies can mean the difference between gaining access to areas under their control to provide aid people in need – or being expelled from their territory.

Based on research and interviews with members of the Taliban and Al-Shabaab, this HPG policy brief explores how these armed groups perceive aid agencies and the implications on humanitarian response in those areas.

Working with the politics: how to improve public services for the poor

Authors: Wid, L. & Foresti, M. 
Publication date: 2013

In this ODI Briefing Leni Wild and Marta Foresti argue that beyond recognising that institutions matter for development, the key questions which remain to be addressed are: 

How should governments that are striving to achieve more equitable and efficient service delivery approach the challenge of institutional reform?

And how can the international community best support pathways to institutional reforms for more equitable delivery of essential public goods and services?

Government Responsiveness: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

Author: McGee, R.
Publication date: 2014

When citizens exercise voice, what is it that makes their voices count, or not count? If citizens’ voices count, governments are being responsive. This think-piece zooms in on the research question: "What makes government actors targeted by tech-enabled transparency and accountability initiatives change their behaviour and act responsively?" It investigates what kinds of citizen engagement lead to what kinds of government responsiveness, and what turns government actors into Transparency and Accountability champions. 

On speaking, mediation, representation and listening: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

Author: Oswald, D.
Publication date: 2014

This think-piece focuses on ‘voice’ within the Making All Voices Count framework. It reflects on experiences, debates, assumptions, and questions about what ‘voice’ is and how it can be supported, with a particular focus on what this means for the ‘Making All Voices Count’ programme.

The question of inclusiveness: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

Author: Berdou, E.
Publication date: 2014

This think-piece examines emerging and persistent debates about inclusiveness in attempts to promote citizen voice. It aims to capture where the conversation is at and which lessons are applicable from past and recent experience with inclusiveness in ICT-mediated citizen engagement.

Fostering new ideas for social inclusion and accountable responsive governance: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

Authors: Edwards, D.
Publication date: 2014

The Making All Voices Count programme aims to foster and support new ideas to improve governance and achieve greater social justice. This think-piece examines how programmes such as Making All Voices Count might utilise innovation as a strategy for addressing complex governance problems. 

Six Key Findings on the Use of Theories of Change in International Development

Author: Valters, C.
Publication date: 2014

The Theory of Change approach is becoming a pervasive part of development practice: as an artefact, as a management tool, and increasingly as a common discourse which implementers use to explain and explore their interventions. In this blog post, Craig Valters introduces the 6 key findings of his research and paper: ‘Theories of Change in international development: communication, learning or accountability?’