Partnerships

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 case studies in context

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Author: Stott, L.

This essay is part of a series of papers commissioned by The Partnering Initiative through its Case Study Project to develop insights into the process of researching/writing partnership case studies as tools for change.

This essay outlines why more substantial material on partnerships in practice is so necessary and why the case study offers an excellent model for research into them.

It provides an overview of partnering case studies to date, highlighting issues such as style, scope and accessibility. From this information a series of key issues that emerge when producing and sharing partnering case studies are extracted.

FUNEDESIN case study: The Amazon Cacao Development Alliance

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Author: Goytia, C. (for The Partnering Initiative)
Publication date: 2005

This case study has been compiled as one of a series of case studies on ‘Exploring and Developing Case Studies as Tools for Change’ commissioned for the Case Study Project supported by The Partnering Initiative, Alcan Prize for Sustainability and SEED.

This case study looks at the factors that led to the Amazon Cacao Development Alliance (ACDA). The partnership is explored to provide a deep and illustrative assessment on how conservation and development issues can be dealt with through cross sector partnership work.

The Partnership Initiative Toolbook: Moving on

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Author: The Partnering Initiative

The Moving On toolbook focuses on the exit aspects of a partnership a part of the cycle often unplanned or mishandled. It also looks at the the indications of success that can be associated with exits; achieving goals and reaching conclusions.

It focuses on partnership brokering that essential intermediary function that enables partners to work well together and ensure the maximum effectiveness of their partnership.

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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.

Sustainability through partnerships. Capitalizing on Collaboration

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Authors: Dr. Gray, B. & Ms. Stites, J.P. (for the Network for Business Sustainability)
Publication date: 2013

Collaboration is one of the keys for unlocking sustainability, with leaders from all sectors of society agreeing that that solving environmental and social challenges requires unparalleled cooperation.

Dealing with critical challenges in African innovation platforms: lessons for facilitation

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Authors: Swaans, K. et alii.
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal 9(3): 116-135

Innovation platforms are increasingly used by research and development initiatives to actively engage the poor in agricultural innovation processes. Considering the diverse challenges to facilitate these platforms, the authors believe that the key to success is however very much linked to the attitude, skills and capacities of the innovation broker.

Are introverts better at partnership brokering?

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Author: Brouwer, H.
Publication date: 2013, In: Betwixt & Between. The Journal of Partnership Brokering

This article raises the question of whether it matters if a partnership broker is introverted or extroverteds temperament in any professional field. The author applies this notion to the field of partnership brokers - is it indeed true that there is an expectation nowadays that brokers should be talkative extroverts?

Evaluating Partnership Broker Approach: A methodological perspective

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Author: Hundal, S.
Publication date: 2013, In: Betwixt & Between. The Journal of Partnership Brokering

There is increasing interest in generating substantive evidence of the impact that brokered partnerships have on the outcomes of multi-stakeholder partnerships. Evaluations of partnership broker approaches and indeed of the performance of individual brokers themselves contribute to such evidence. But what methodologies can be used to conduct such evaluations?

Citizens' role in political settlements

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Author: Rao, S. (for GSDRC - Governance and Social Development Resource Centre)
Publication date: 2013

This Helpdesk Research report by GSDRC outlines the concept of political settlement and introduces literature on potential citizen roles in such settlements. In particular, this report draws on an upcoming, unpublished document which synthesises current thinking and draws insights from an on-going project on civil society participation in peace processes.