Participatory processes

Women’s participation in green growth – a potential fully realised?

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Author: von Hagen, M. & Willems, J.
Publication date: 2012

This study analyses opportunities and challenges for women’s participation in green growth in developing countries. The purpose of the study is threefold: 

  • to shed more light on the gender dimension of green growth, especially in the context of private sector development and thus fill a knowledge gap in the green growth discourse
  • to validate women’s contributions to green growth and sustainable private sector development
  • to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality

Civil Society at Crossroads: Shifts, Challenges, Options?

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Author: PRIA
Publication date: 2012

In 2011, the Civil Society @ Crossroads initiative was launched to deepen the collective understanding of the changing nature of civil society, and its implications for capacity, around the world. The initiative aimed to answer the question: "What are the roles, capacities, contributions and limitations of civil society in the changing local and global contexts?" 

This publication brings together the lessons learned based on the extensive documentation and analysis of the civil society stories.

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

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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

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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.

IMARK: Free e-learning module on knowledge sharing for development

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The module was developed to provide organizations and communities with the necessary tools and methodologies required to develop their knowledge capacities, and enable them to work more effectively.

Target audience

It is aimed at staff working in a wide range of organizations including international organizations, donor agencies, multilaterals, NGOs, research institutes, national governments, regional organizations, and indigenous NGOs.

Wagging the dragon’s tail: emerging practices in participatory poverty reduction in China

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Authors: several authors for IIED

This special issue of Participatory Learning and Action focuses on China to investigate the interface between government and communities and how this is changing as a precondition to poverty eradication. Participation is becoming key to reducing poverty through improving livelihoods, at the same time as sustaining the environment, maintaining China’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity and ensuring good governance.

IDS: Participatory methods.org

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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.

Social Learning in European River-Basin Management: Barriers and Fostering Mechanisms from 10 River Basins

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Authors: Mostert, E. et alii., in Ecology and Society 12 (1): 19
Publication date: 2007

In this article, 10 case studies of participatory river-basin management are discussed that were conducted as part of the European HarmoniCOP project. The main theme was social learning, which emphasizes the importance of collaboration, organization, and learning. Based on the analysis of all case studies, 71 factors fostering or hindering social learning were identified.

Demystifying Facilitation in Participatory Development, IIED

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Author(s): Annemarie Groot and Marleen Maarleveld

Publication Date:  2000

This article, part of IIED’s Gatekeeper Series, begins by highlighting how blueprint approaches to development often have insufficient capacity building elements, which contribute to sustainable natural resource management. The authors promote the emergent trend of multi-actor, multi-scale approaches toward sustainable NRM.