Facilitation

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.

When is redistribution popular? Social conflict and the politics of inequality

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Author: Rodriquez, L.
Publication date: 2014

This research suggests that there is political will from the general public to act upon inequality, but that the challenge is for governments and practitioners to act quickly when inequality is starting to rise in order to capitalise the support towards redistributive policies rather than waiting until it is high and entrenched in the political and economic system.

Shifting the way we co-create. How we can turn the challenges of sustainability into opportunities.

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Authors: Kuenkel, P. & Schaefer, K (for The Collective Leadership Institute)
Publication date: 2013

In May 2012, the Collective Leadership Institute started a research project to explore the factors and patterns that help engender a collective way of leading for sustainability. The insights gained from this study show that isolated action needs to be replaced by collective leadership – a paradigm shift in how individuals find their leadership roles in the spirit of co-creation and contribution to the common good.

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.

Social learning for adaptation: A descriptive handbook for practitioners and action researchers

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Authors: Cundill, G. et alii.
Publication date: 2014

This handbook presents the experience of a participatory social learning process that evolved to support individual and community level adaptation to the myriad of stressors affecting rural people. The most critical factor emerging through the experience of this social learning process is how facilitators see their roles and their relationships with participants.

FUNEDESIN case study: The Amazon Cacao Development Alliance

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Author: Goytia, C. (for The Partnering Initiative)
Publication date: 2005

This case study has been compiled as one of a series of case studies on ‘Exploring and Developing Case Studies as Tools for Change’ commissioned for the Case Study Project supported by The Partnering Initiative, Alcan Prize for Sustainability and SEED.

This case study looks at the factors that led to the Amazon Cacao Development Alliance (ACDA). The partnership is explored to provide a deep and illustrative assessment on how conservation and development issues can be dealt with through cross sector partnership work.

The Partnership Initiative Toolbook: Moving on

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Author: The Partnering Initiative

The Moving On toolbook focuses on the exit aspects of a partnership a part of the cycle often unplanned or mishandled. It also looks at the the indications of success that can be associated with exits; achieving goals and reaching conclusions.

It focuses on partnership brokering that essential intermediary function that enables partners to work well together and ensure the maximum effectiveness of their partnership.

Register or log in at The Partnering Initiative and access this resource for free.

FAO Capacity development learning module 2: FAO approaches to capacity development in programming: processes and tools

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Author: FAO
Publication date: 2012

This second learning module includes examples and tools to support endogenous capacity development processes in the areas of FAO’s mandate.

Learning Module 2 is organized around four major themes:

  • engaging with national/local actors
  • analysing the context and assessing capacity needs
  • focused objectives and indicators (including monitoring and evaluating capacity development)
  • highlighting sustainability

It also offers a toolkit including examples, methods and instruments.

 

FAO Capacity development learning module 4: Organization analysis and development

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Author: FAO
Publication date: 2013

This fourth learning module aims to create a basic understanding of organization development (OD) and system thinking approaches, as even a basic understanding can cultivate a new way of working. It reflects the learning experience, constructive inputs and wealth of exchanges from the OD seminar series which was held in FAO between March and November 2012.

The module covers the following areas:

  • understanding organization analysis and development
  • supporting the design of change processes
  • engaging in effective multistakeholders' processes
  • measuring organizational change.

FAO Capacity Development Learning Module 3: FAO Good Learning Practices for Effective Capacity Development

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Author: FAO
Publication date: 2012

This third learning module reflects the multidisciplinary nature of Capacity Development, which cuts across the entirety of the organization, and the importance that FAO management and staff have placed upon it.

This Module covers the following curriculum areas:

  • Learning activities as modalities for Capacity Development
  • Planning and coordinating learning activities
  • The Learning Management Cycle
  • Evaluation of learning activities 
  • Selected FAO good training practices
  • 8 Toolboxes