Donor Issues

Knowledge management and social learning: exploring the cognitive dimension of development

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Authors: Ferreira, S.D.M. & Neto, M.
Publication date: 2005, In: Knowlegde Management for Development, Vol 1 (3), pp. 4-17

After providing insight in the origin of knowledge management, the article investigates the relationship between knowledge management and development. Among others, it presents the different aspects of knowledge in society and clarifies the importance of knowledge management at the local level as well as the potential of a social learning approach.

Rural governance that works

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In this blog post at The Broker, John Coonrod argues that private sector and value-chain development will not contribute to poverty reduction without accountable, effective, inclusive rural governance. Economic development yes, poverty reduction no.

Read the full blog post at http://www.thebrokeronline.eu/Blogs/Towards-a-food-secure-world/Rural-governance-that-works

A Theory of Social Change and Implications for Practice, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

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Author(s): Reeler, D. (Community Development Resource Association)
Publication date: 2007

A theory of social change is proposed through this paper as one small contribution to a larger body of theorising.  This paper can be seen as an observational map to help practitioners, whether field practitioners or donors, including the people they are attempting to assist, to read and thus navigate processes of social change.  

Democratic Dialogue – A Handbook for Practitioners

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Authors: Pruitt, B. & Thomas, P.
Publication date: 2007 

Democratic dialogue consists of inclusive processes that are open, sustained and flexible enough to adapt to changing contexts. It can be used to achieve consensus or prevent conflict—a complement to, not a replacement for, democratic institutions.

Talking the Walk: A Communication Manual for Partnership Practitioners

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Author(s): McManus, S. & Tennyson, R.
Publication Date: 2008

Talking the Walk is a toolbook for partnership practitioners from all sectors, to enable them to understand the importance of good communication to their work, and to help them develop techniques to improve their communications - both inside, and beyond, the partnership.