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The 'Chinese way'? The evolution of Chinese humanitarianism

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Author: Krebs, H.
Publication date: 2014

China’s rising economic power has meant that it is now playing a bigger role in humanitarian aid. However, the country tends to be depicted as being different to the international humanitarian community and has been criticised for its perceived failure to conform to established humanitarian norms and practices. 

This policy brief examines China’s distinctive ‘humanitarian’ identity and the need for an increased dialogue between the international humanitarian community and China. 

Voices: the building blocks of social change

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Author: Dlamini, N. (Community Development Resource Association)
Publication date: 2013

Out of the diversity of “voices” we find the richness of conversations, and out of our rich conversations spring the relationships, ideas and impulses for change. How authentic voices are brought, received, engaged with and supported makes a world of difference to the quality of conversation, to human engagement and to the contribution we each can make to processes of change.

Local fundraising and claim-making in Kenya

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Author: Lijfering, S.
Publication date: 2014

This article looks at how local fundraising and claim-making work in practice by zooming in on Kenya. Late 2013 the Kenyan Parliament put forward a law that would prohibit local NGOs to receive more than 15 percent of their funding from abroad. The bill was rejected, but it served as a wake-up call for Kenyan civil society.

Based on some field visits, the author investigates whether the emerging Kenyan middle class is even interested in development cooperation and whether they would be willing to contribute. 

A local vision of climate adaptation: Participatory urban planning in Mozambique

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Authors: Broto, V.C., Boyd, E., Ensor, J. & Allen, C.
Publication date: 2014

This article shares the findings of the project "Public Private People Partnerships for Climate Compatible Development (4PCCD)". It was a small project (£114,000) that ran from 2011 to 2013 in Maputo, Mozambique. It investigated whether local views be represented fairly in national and municipal planning processes through a partnership approach.

By experimenting with different forms of participatory planning, 4PCCD aimed to identify local priorities for climate-related action, along with the key actors and resources needed to make it happen.

8 Differences Between Traditional and Collaborative Leaders

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The modern workplace is changing. As businesses seek innovative solutions to a challenging economic environment, companies are trying different approaches to increase productivity, engage workers and encourage growth. The traditional leadership style of top down management is slowly evolving into a collaborative approach that empowers employees and blurs the lines between boss and worker. 

This Innocentive blog post presents the main differences between traditional and collaborative leaders. 

How do governments become great? Ten cases, two competing explanations, one large research agenda

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Author: Andrews, M.
Publication date: 2013

Governments can play great roles in their countries, regions, and cities; facilitating or leading the resolution of festering problems and opening new pathways for progress. Examples are more numerous than one might imagine and raise an important question: ‘how do governments become great?’.

Civil society - BRICS engagement: opportunities and challenges

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Authors: Tandon, R. & Bandyopadhyay, K.K.
Publication date: 2013

This paper reviews the emergence of BRICS and its perceived potential and limitation. More importantly, it critically examines how it matters to civil society. Does BRICS as an alliance of the 'rising powers' hold any promise to address the shared interests and concerns of civil society in these countries nationally and globally?

Seven Lessons for Leaders in Systems Change

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Authors: Stone, M.K. & Barlow, Z.

This blog post at the Centre for Ecoliteracy website presents a reflection on two decades of working on systems change. As an offering for leaders engaged in systems change, the authors report in this piece on seven important lessons they've learned.

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.

Facilitating multi-stakeholder processes: balancing internal dynamics and institutional politics

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Authors: Buchanan, K., Brouwer, H., Klerkx, L., Schaap, M. & Brouwers, J.  with Le Borgne, E.
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal, 9 (3): 3-10