Participatory processes

Balancing state and community participation in development partnership projects: emerging evidence from Indian SDPS in Nepal

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Authors: Chaturvedi, S., ; Kumar, S. & Mendiratta, S.
Publication date: 2013, RIS discussion paper 183

In this paper, the authors evaluate the impact and potential of the development programmes known as Small Development Projects (SDPs), introduced by India as part of its development cooperation portfolio in Nepal.

Dynamics of Rural Innovation - a primer for emerging professionals

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Authors: Pyburn, R. & Woodhill, J. (eds.)
Publication date: 2014

Dynamics of Rural Innovation – a primer for emerging professionals is a co-publication of KIT and Wageningen University’s Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) that brings together the experiences of over 40 conceptual thinkers and development practitioners to articulate lessons on agricultural innovation processes and social learning.

Improving communication between aid agencies and crisis-affected people: Lessons from the infoasaid project

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Authors: Chapelier, C. & Shah, A.
Publication date: 2013

The growing recognition of the importance of communication in disaster response has prompted an upsurge in discussions, publications and initiatives aimed at better understanding the potential of broadcast media and new technologies to improve how agencies communicate with their beneficiaries and, ultimately, enhance the quality and accountability of humanitarian assistance.

Using Participatory Three-Dimensional Modelling to facilitate community decision making: a case study from the Vanuatu Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change project

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Author: Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme
Publication date: 2014

The PACC Vanuatu project team identified participatory three-dimensional modelling (P3DM) as a valuable tool to facilitate community participation and decision making in the project.

Another resource curse?: the impact of remittances on political participation

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Authors: Dionne, K.Y., Inman, K.L. & Montinola, G.R.
Publication date: 2014 In: Afrobarometer, Working Paper No 145

International remittances have grown dramatically over the past few decades. This article focuses on the political impact of remittances, and in particular, its effect on political participation.

The authors provide the first cross-country, individual-level analysis on remittances’ effect on political participation. Their work shows that remittances may not necessarily demobilize citizens, as previous work on Mexico suggests. 

Gender justice and climate justice: community-based strategies to increase women’s political agency in watershed management in times of climate change

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Authors: Figueiredo, P. & ; Perkins, P.E.
Publication date: 2011

This paper discusses South-North initiatives and models for community-based environmental and climate change education which are using the democratic opening provided by watershed-based governance structures to broaden grassroots participation, especially of women, in political processes.

Dialogic Approaches to Global Challenges: Moving from “Dialogue Fatigue” to Dialogic Change Processes

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Authors: Pruitt, B. & Waddell, S.
Publication date: 2005

This working paper of the Generative Dialogue Project looks at dialogic change processes, which involve people coming together seeking to make positive change through conversation and agreement as an answer to the challenges of globalization.

It zooms in on the case of climate change, followed by an analysis of global change initiatives. It concludes that this new model of organizing will not supplant the existing international system but it is an essential complement to it.

Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: participatory research in climate change and agriculture

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Author: Jost, C., Ferdous, N. & Spicer, T.D.
Publication date: 2014

This manual introduces a wide range of participatory strategies and tools for research to guide the implementation of climate smart agriculture and efforts to achieve food security in rural communities. It is intended for NGO practitioners and program designers interested in diagnostic and action research for gender sensitive and socially inclusive climate change programs.

Oxfam Canada Engendering Change (EC) Evaluation

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Authors: PEER Associates
Publication date: 2013

In this evaluation case study of the Engendering Change program in Zimbabwe, the evaluation employed a case study approach, using the Most Significant Change (MSC) methodology to collect stories from the staff and their constituents. This report presents the evaluation methods and outcomes.

Politically smart, locally led development

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Authors: Booth, D. & Unsworth, S. 
Publication date: 2014

This paper is a contribution to ongoing debate about the need for donor agencies to think and work more politically. It presents seven cases of aid-funded interventions that show how donors have been able to facilitate developmental change ‘despite the odds’.