Effective Communication/Dialogue

Capacity, complexity and consulting: lessons from managing capacity development projects

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Author: Datta, A., Shaxson, L. & Pellini, A.
Publication date: 2012

In the past few years, the ODI’s Research and Policy in Development Programme has increasingly collaborated with or managed large multiyear projects where it has been responsible for helping local institutions and organisations to build their capacity to use knowledge to improve policies and practices.

Setting aside the issue of knowledge-to-policy links, this paper serves to 1) reflect on what capacity is and how it develops; 2) identify implications of this for approaches used to promote capacity improvement processes; and 3) assess what this means for funding
practices.

The early child development learning community in South Africa

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Author: Reeler, D.
Publication date: 2013

From learning together to working together

Almost six years ago 18 South African NGOs all working on early childhood development were brought together in a learning alliance. Over the years they have established a collaborative learning and working platform, involving organised community-based women caregivers, to develop workable and sustainable solutions for the well-being of young children in South Africa. Read their story

Capacity.org: Innovative financing for inclusive agricultural development

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As traditional official development assistance decreases attention is turning to how best to catalyse private funding for development.  However, private companies need to generate returns on their investments. To what extent does this limit private financing from reaching the poor and marginalised, referred to by Paul Collier as the ‘bottom billion’? In other words, can financing solutions involving private sector actors be inclusive?

Negotiating perceptions: Al-Shabaab and Taliban views of aid agencies

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Authors: Jackson, A.
Publication date: 2014

What armed groups like Al-Shabaab and the Taliban think of aid agencies can mean the difference between gaining access to areas under their control to provide aid people in need – or being expelled from their territory.

Based on research and interviews with members of the Taliban and Al-Shabaab, this HPG policy brief explores how these armed groups perceive aid agencies and the implications on humanitarian response in those areas.

A local vision of climate adaptation: Participatory urban planning in Mozambique

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Authors: Broto, V.C., Boyd, E., Ensor, J. & Allen, C.
Publication date: 2014

This article shares the findings of the project "Public Private People Partnerships for Climate Compatible Development (4PCCD)". It was a small project (£114,000) that ran from 2011 to 2013 in Maputo, Mozambique. It investigated whether local views be represented fairly in national and municipal planning processes through a partnership approach.

Fragmented governance and local service delivery in Malawi

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During a research trip to Malawi in 2012, a senior government official commented that nearly two decades after the government had renewed its commitment to democratic decentralisation, the working of local government was something of a ‘black box’.

Ahead of local council elections in May 2014, this study helped government and donors to understand how local government and service delivery work and to assess whether the return of local councils is likely to improve their functioning.

On speaking, mediation, representation and listening: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

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Author: Oswald, D.
Publication date: 2014

This think-piece focuses on ‘voice’ within the Making All Voices Count framework. It reflects on experiences, debates, assumptions, and questions about what ‘voice’ is and how it can be supported, with a particular focus on what this means for the ‘Making All Voices Count’ programme.

The question of inclusiveness: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

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Author: Berdou, E.
Publication date: 2014

This think-piece examines emerging and persistent debates about inclusiveness in attempts to promote citizen voice. It aims to capture where the conversation is at and which lessons are applicable from past and recent experience with inclusiveness in ICT-mediated citizen engagement.

Fostering new ideas for social inclusion and accountable responsive governance: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

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Authors: Edwards, D.
Publication date: 2014

The Making All Voices Count programme aims to foster and support new ideas to improve governance and achieve greater social justice. This think-piece examines how programmes such as Making All Voices Count might utilise innovation as a strategy for addressing complex governance problems. 

Using Participatory Process Evaluation to Understand the Dynamics of Change in a Nutrition Education Programme

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Author: Cornwall, A.
Publication date: 2014

With roots in approaches to popular education and participatory action research that place the learner and the ‘beneficiary’ of development at the centre of enquiry and action, the participatory visualisation methods associated with Participatory Rural Appraisal have been widely used as tools for learning and accountability.

In this article, the author reflects on lessons learnt from using these methods in a participatory process evaluation of an educational programme aimed at addressing chronic malnutrition in an East African country.