Accountability

Multi-stakeholder global networks: emerging systems for the global common good

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Authors: Steve Waddell and Sanjeev Khagram
Publication date: 2007

Based on an extensive analysis of about 20 global action networks (GAN), the authors investigate their potential in the protection of the global commons and the production of global public goods. 

According to Waddell and Khagram, GANs have 5 definitional characteristics:

A new Weave of Power, People & Politics: The Action Guide for Advocacy and Citizen Participation

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Author(s): VeneKlasen, L. & Miller, V.
Publication Date: 2008

A New Weave of Power, People & Politics provides a well-tested approach for building people’s participation and collective power that goes beyond influencing policy and politics to transforming public decision-making altogether. The Guide’s approach to advocacy is geared to improving the lives and participation of marginalized people and forging broad alliances for reform across society.

Theory of Change: A Practical Tool For Action, Results and Learning

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Author(s): Organizational Research Services (ORS) for Annie E. Casey Foundation
Publication Date: 2004 

This manual is prepared by the Organizational Research Services (ORS) for the Annie E. Casey Foundation to create more insight in the added value and implications of using a theory of change to foster community development. The manual provides extensive background information on the characteristics of a theory of change and guides the reader through its application with clear and elaborated case study material.

Development, Complexity and Evolution

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Author(s): Owen Barder

Publication Date:  October 2010

This illustrative PowerPoint slide-set examines development as a complex “wicked problem” which can only be solved through evolution, not design. Recognizing that evolution requires variation and selection, the author states that “almost impossible problems” in history have only been solved through the evolution process.