Facilitation

IPAL: Learning with Constituents. A guide to identifying, documenting and analyzing evidence of impact (planned or unplanned), and learning from this in dialogue with constituents.

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Author: IPAL - Keystone
Publication date:

This guide is addressed to organizations that are seeking guidance on how to engage with their constituents in order to better monitor and evaluate their efforts, learn with and from their constituents and continuously make improvements in the way they work. It is also addressed to monitoring and evaluation consultants and facilitators.

The guide lays out ideas for activities and processes for organizations to engage and learn with their constituents. It provides guidelines for the time and resources required for each activity.

The Barefoot Guide: Designing and facilitating creative learning activities

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Author: Second Barefoot Collective for The Barefoot Guide Collective
Publication date: 2011

This document is a companion booklet to the second Barefoot Guide. If you are responsible in any way for learning activities in your organisation this is a valuable source of ideas of where to start or what to do.  

Inclusive business in Vietnam: SNV case studies

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This video shows several examples of SNV's inclusive business approach to support and stimulate companies to incorporate low income population in their value chain. With examples from among others the cassava, tourism and biomass sector in Vietnam, insight is offered in the practical details and outcomes of the inclusive business approach.

Sustainability through partnerships. Capitalizing on Collaboration

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Authors: Dr. Gray, B. & Ms. Stites, J.P. (for the Network for Business Sustainability)
Publication date: 2013

Collaboration is one of the keys for unlocking sustainability, with leaders from all sectors of society agreeing that that solving environmental and social challenges requires unparalleled cooperation.

Water management, fact-finding and facilitation in multi-stakeholder platforms in North Afghanistan

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Authors: Warner, J. & Thomas, V.
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal, 9 (3): 136-152

The article sketches the history and practice of multi-stakeholder platforms (MSPs) along the Amu-Panj river basin in Afghanistan. The MSP model, in the form of multistakeholder River Basin organisations was entirely externally driven, at the behest of the European Union and facilitated by European experts.

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.

Analysing stakeholder power dynamics in multi-stakeholder processes: insights of practice from Africa and Asia

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Authors: Brouwer, H., Hiemstra, W., Vugt, S.v. & Walters, H.
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal 9(3): 11-31

2013: Practical Guide on Democratic Dialogue

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Authors: UNDP & Organization of American States
Publication date: 2013

This Guide offers a series of criteria, guidelines and tools that allow societal actors to understand better what a democratic dialogue implies as a process, and to undertake successful dialogic initiatives.

The guide has four sections:

Conducting a Policy Dialogue to Achieve Results

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Author: Woman in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
Publication date: 2013

A policy dialogue involves people from different groups sitting together to focus on an issue in which they have a mutual, but not necessarily common, interest. This can bring about meaningful improvements to policies or programmes. Policy dialogues are powerful advocacy platforms for informal workers—and invaluable sources of information and solutions for officials.

Are introverts better at partnership brokering?

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Author: Brouwer, H.
Publication date: 2013, In: Betwixt & Between. The Journal of Partnership Brokering

This article raises the question of whether it matters if a partnership broker is introverted or extroverteds temperament in any professional field. The author applies this notion to the field of partnership brokers - is it indeed true that there is an expectation nowadays that brokers should be talkative extroverts?