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

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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.

Dynamic systems and the challenge of sustainability

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Author: Scoones, I. et alii. (for STEPS Centre)
Publication date: 2007

Dynamism, uncertainty and complexity dominate today’s world. Yet many policy interventions ignore this, and so often fail. What is missing is a rigorous and systematic approach to addressing dynamics, one that encompasses an understanding of complex system dynamics and provides a useable guide to action. This paper is a first attempt by the STEPS Centre to address this challenge.

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

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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.

Accountability for civil society by civil society: A guide to self-regulation initiatives

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Author: Compiled and edited by Guénéheux, D. & Bottomley, A.
Publication date: 2014

The CIVICUS Self-Regulation Guide, a new addition to the Legitimacy, Transparency and Accountability (LTA) programme, is the result of research conducted by CIVICUS and its members and partners. It features more than 20 case studies from around the world, lessons learnt, innovations and practical advice.

Civicus Advocacy toolkit: Influencing the post-2015 development agenda

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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.

Inclusive Innovation: Definition, Conceptualisation and Future Research Priorities

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Authors: Heeks, R. et alii. 
Publication date: 2013

There is increasing policy, practice and academic interest in “inclusive innovation”. Based on a three-country interview study with 37 policy-makers, strategists, private sector and NGO sector representatives – and founded on a review of existing literature on inclusive innovation – this paper reports findings about research priorities in inclusive innovation. 

Facilitating Multi-stakeholder Partnerships : Lessons from PROLINNOVA

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Authors: Critchley, W., Verburg, M. & Veldhuizen, L.v. (for PROLINNOVA)
Publication date: 2006

This booklet gives you practical lessons and insights into partnership building gained within the PROLINNOVA network over the last four years.

Seven Lessons for Leaders in Systems Change

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Authors: Stone, M.K. & Barlow, Z.

This blog post at the Centre for Ecoliteracy website presents a reflection on two decades of working on systems change. As an offering for leaders engaged in systems change, the authors report in this piece on seven important lessons they've learned.

Promoting local innovation and participatory innovation development as a means of adapting to climate change: sharing and learning within the PROLINNOVA network

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Authors: Wettasinha, C. & Waters-Bayer., A. (ETC Foundation, Netherlands)
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal, 9(1): 108-114

Multistakeholder Partnerships and Digital Technologies for Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: 3 case studies

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Author: Omar Dengo Foundation
Publication date: 2007

This publication presents three case studies about digital technologies for development, involving multi stakeholder processes. All case studies have been analysed with the same methodology to reveal information about

- the activity of the multi stakeholder partnership
- the partners (motivations, obstacles, contributions, decision making mechanisms, conflict management,...)
- role of digital technologies
- outcomes and lessons learned