Tools & Methods

Civicus Civil Society Index - rapid assesment - West Africa regional report

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Author: CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
Publication date: 2014

In 2013, civil society in six West African countries - Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone - undertook an assessment of the health and conditions of civil society. They applied the CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation Civil Society Index-Rapid Assessment (CSI-RA) tool. This summary report draws from the six country reports to present key common findings, particularly as they
relate to the health of and conditions for civil society organisations (CSOs).

Supporting ‘Autonomy and Resistance’ The Brazil-Mozambique-South Africa native seed bank project

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Author: Suyama, B. & Pomeroy, M.
Publication date: 2014

This case study explores an innovative multi-stakeholder project led civil society in three countries: Brazil, Mozambique and South Africa. The “community native seeds banks in family farming areas” knowledge-sharing initiative is the first Brazilian South-South Cooperation (SSC) project to be delivered by social movements working in coalition with an NGO and two different government agencies.

Learning social accountability together: civil society facilitated South-South cooperation in India, Bangladesh and Cambodia

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Author: Bandyopadhyay, K.K.
Publication date: 2014

Asian cities have been central drivers of Asia’s economic growth in the last few decades. However, a democratic deficit in many small and medium size Asian cities means municipalities fail to deliver key service provisions to citizens, and civil society engagement in urban governance and institutions remains very limited.

Women's Leadership and Participation: Case studies on learning for action

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Authors: Hoare, J. & Gell, F. (eds.)
Publication date: 2009

This book brings together lessons and experience in building up women's involvement from Oxfam GB and its partners. Women's Leadership and Participation illustrates methodological approaches and learning points, covering a range of issues, from women's participation in national elections to female decision-making in community livelihood initiatives.

Women's Leadership and Participation: Case studies on learning for action

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Authors: Hoare, J. & Gell, F. (eds.)
Publication date: 2009

This book brings together lessons and experience in building up women's involvement from Oxfam GB and its partners. Women's Leadership and Participation illustrates methodological approaches and learning points, covering a range of issues, from women's participation in national elections to female decision-making in community livelihood initiatives.

FAMILY-CENTERED, CULTURALLY COMPETENT PARTNERSHIPS in Demonstration Projects for Children, Youth, and Families

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Author: Institute for Educational Leadership

This toolkit is designed to provide ideas and linkages to other resources that will increase the capacity of US based demonstration projects engaged in systemic reform efforts to partner with communities and families in the development of family-centered, culturally competent approaches.

It offers case study examples and a variety of tools communities may want to use as they consider plans for implementing, monitoring and institutionalizing family partnership and culturally competent policies and practices.

A Guide to Multistakeholder Work: Lessons from the Water Dialogues

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Author: Coulby, H.
Publication date: 2009

This guide summarises the tools and methods used and the lessons learned from The Water Dialogues – a project that brings together a wide range of stakeholders to address a highly controversial issue around the privatisation of water supply and sanitation services with the aim of improving policy and practice.

Although its contents are rooted in the experience of The Water Dialogues project, the guide should be useful to anyone who is planning to develop their own form of multistakeholder work.

CognitiveEdge class: SenseMaker® Environment

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A self-paced introduction to SenseMaker® and how Cognitive Edge approaches narrative as applied to team, organizational, marketplace or environment issues and opportunities. While it is not facilitator-led, you can also learn from and collaborate online with other participants. The course materials go through the process of working with SenseMaker®, introduces the important terms and key concepts, and illustrates typical results.

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.