Participatory Planning

What's behind the demand for governance? An assessment of people's views

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Author: Gina Bergh, Alina Rocha Menocal and Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi
Publication date: 2014

This paper analyses emerging data from the United Nations' MY World survey of people’s priorities for the future and how they have voted on governance-related issues. The authors compare this with a review of available evidence from global perception surveys and participatory research on people’s views and experiences relating to governance.

SAS2: A Guide to Collaborative Inquiry and Social Engagement

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Author: Chevalier, J.M. & Buckles, D.J.
Publication date: 2008

This guide represents a significant international effort to support the creation and mobilization of practical, authentic knowledge for social change. The guiding principle behind SAS2 (Social Analysis Systems) is that group dialogue and social inquiry are crucial for local and global development.

Social issues must be addressed socially and in a multistakeholder mode, not by private interests and experts alone, and the insights that emerge fully integrated into processes of knowledge production, planning, and decision-making.

IPAL: Developing a theory of change. A guide to developing a theory of change as a framework for inclusive dialogue, learning and accountability for social impact.

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Author: IPAL - Keystone
Publication date: 2009

This guide helps social purpose organizations to plan, monitor, evaluate and communicate their work in a way that makes practical sense of the complexity of social change processes and their measurement.

Negotiation-support toolkit for learning landscapes

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Author: Noordwijk, M.v. et alii. (for the World Agroforestry Centre)
Publication date: 2013

In landscapes around the world, active learning takes place with experiments that involve changes in technology, farming systems, value chains, livelihoods’ strategies and institutions. An overarching hypothesis that is being tested in this publication is:

Multi-stakeholder processes: lessons for the process of timber verification

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Author: Luttrell, C. (for ODI)
Publication date: 2008

Drawing on lessons from diverse experiences, this paper explores the potential for multi-stakeholder processes to enhance the credibility of timber verification. Key issues include ‘in which contexts’ and ‘over which issues’ it is appropriate to develop multi-stakeholder processes, and what features of the design can help to enhance their effectiveness and legitimacy.

Learning to do Action Research for Social Change

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Author: Pettit, J. (University of Sussex)
Publication date: 2010, In: International Journal of Communication, 4, Pp. 820-827

Action research provides an alternative approach to bringing about changes in knowledge, policy, and practice. But to be effective and inclusive, taking into account complex dynamics of power and participation, action research requires capable facilitators with particular skills.

Social inclusion in productive safety net programmes

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

In this Helpdesk Research Report, GSDRC aims to answer the following question:

What has worked in achieving social inclusion in labour-intensive productive safety net programmes in the agricultural sector? Consider analysis, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Where possible, draw on evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Participatory mapping for adaptation to climate change: the case of Boe Boe, Solomon Islands

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Author: Piccolella, A.
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal, 9 (1): 24-36

Critics of top-down, expert-driven approaches to adaptation suggest the need for tools and methods capable of addressing the gap between scientific and local understanding of climate change. After a lengthy period in which participatory mapping in the context of climate change was overlooked, attention has now turned to Participatory Three-Dimensional Modelling (P3DM) for adaptation planning.

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.

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: