Facilitation

Bridging and Bonding: Improving the Links Between Transparency and Accountability Actors

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Authors: Wanjiku Kelbert, A.
Publication date: 2014

The first Learning and Inspiration Event hosted by Making All Voices Count brought together people with different kinds of expertise to think collaboratively about how technology can be used to enhance citizen engagement and improve government responsiveness. 

A review of evidence, agreements, concepts and tools relating to participatory agricultural research

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Author: Blackie, M.
Publication date: 2014

This is a rapid desk based study to identify an overview of evidence, agreements, concepts and tools relating to participatory agricultural research. The review was undertaken using both peer reviewed and grey literature from the major development agencies (both multilateral and national), national and international research institutes and think tanks, and regional and subregional research organisations.

Gender justice and climate justice: community-based strategies to increase women’s political agency in watershed management in times of climate change

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Authors: Figueiredo, P. & ; Perkins, P.E.
Publication date: 2011

This paper discusses South-North initiatives and models for community-based environmental and climate change education which are using the democratic opening provided by watershed-based governance structures to broaden grassroots participation, especially of women, in political processes.

Padlet: A Free Virtual Bulletin Board and Brainstorming Tool

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In this blog post, Susan Kistler introduces Padler, an improved free virtual bulletin board application. The uses are almost endless – any time you might try sticky notes, Padlet may be a virtual alternative. 

Conflict Resolution: Resolving Conflict Rationally and Effectively

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The article and video present the "Interest-Based Relational Approach" as an effective way of conflict resolution. The article also provides additional background information on different conflict styles. 

Key Points

Conflict in the workplace can be incredibly destructive to good teamwork.

The Agile Leader: Adaptability

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In this article, Bruna Martinuzzi explains why adaptability, the ability to change (or be changed) to fit new circumstances is a crucial skill for leaders, and an important competency in emotional intelligence. He also shares a few tips for developing adaptability, which among others show the importance for teams to find a balance between working with existing mental scripts and continuously opting for innovation. 

Mediating Transition in Yemen: Achievements and Lessons

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Author: Zyck, S.A. 
Publication date: 2014

Yemen remains the only site of an Arab Spring uprising that ended in a negotiated agreement and an internationally supported transition process. 

This report explores how the UN proactively employed the good offices of the secretary-general to open an impartial space for dialogue where none had previously been considered possible

In Her Shoes toolkit

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In Her Shoes is a free toolkit, presenting an interactive activity that gives women and men the opportunity to ‘walk in the shoes’ of a woman who is experiencing violence. 

No special training or additional resources are needed to walk In Her Shoes! All you need is 3 hours, a large space for moving around, a facilitator, and the Toolkit. 

“We Need a Culture of Truth” The Role of Civil Society Organisations in Transitional Justice

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Authors: Eunice, O. & Kuklick, C. 
Publication date: 2014

The Refugee Law Project recently met with a number of civil society organisations and key stakeholders to discuss transitional justice and national reconciliation in Uganda.

The aim of the meeting and stakeholder dialogue was to identify and work with each other toward achieving sustainable peace on both the local and national level. This report sheds light on the discussions held in the event.

Politically smart, locally led development

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Authors: Booth, D. & Unsworth, S. 
Publication date: 2014

This paper is a contribution to ongoing debate about the need for donor agencies to think and work more politically. It presents seven cases of aid-funded interventions that show how donors have been able to facilitate developmental change ‘despite the odds’.