Guide

Power Dynamics in Multi-Stakeholder Processes: A Balancing Act

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This publication synthesizes insights from an action research programme on ‘Power in Multi-Stakeholder Processes’.

Chain-wide learning for inclusive agrifood market development

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Author(s): Vermeulen, S., Woodhill, J., Proctor, F. & Delnoye, R.
Publication Date: 2008

Modern agrifood markets are dynamic. Rapid changes in how food is produced, processed, wholesaled and retailed affects the entire value chain - from producer to consumer. Particularly in countries with developing and emerging economies, the pace of change brings significant challenges for small-scale producers, policy makers and business.

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.

Research Integration Using Dialogue Methods

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Author(s): David McDonald, with Gabriele Bammer, Peter Deane
Publication Date: 2009

Describing research integration as the process of improving the understanding of real-world problems by synthesising relevant knowledge from diverse disciplines and stakeholders, this book discusses how methods and tools developed for the dialogic process can be useful for research integration. These tools include, among others:

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.

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.

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.

Reflective Peacebuilding: A Planning, Monitoring and Learning Toolkit.

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Author(s): Lederach, J.P. et alii. (Kroc Institute (University of Notre Dame) & CRS)
Publication Date: 2007

The goal of this Toolkit is to improve peacebuilders’ ability to be reflective practitioners; this involves enhancing  peacebuilders’ capacity to design and impact transformative change, and track and improve upon those changes over time, in unpredictable conflict contexts. 

Power Pack: Understanding Power for Social Change

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Author(s): IDS
Publication Date: 2010

The Power Pack project is initiated by IDS as a response to requests from many people for more practical and conceptual methods, materials and resources to help them think about and respond to power relations