Effective Communication/Dialogue

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.

State–civil society relations: the potential contribution of the African Peer Review Mechanism

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Author: Petlane, T.
Publication date: 2013, In: SAIIA Policy Briefing No 80

This policy briefing reflects on the benefits of participation by non-state actors in the African Peer Review Mechanism programme (APRM). It suggests that countries should build on the gains made from citizens and governments working together. APRM reviews should serve as a blueprint for strengthening contributions from a wide range of CSOs in national policy debates and policy implementation.

Recommendations are included for governments, CSOs and the research community.

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.

Successful Organizational Learning in the Management of Agricultural Research and Innovation: The Mexican Produce Foundations

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Authors: Ekboir, J.M. et alii. (IFPRI research report 162)
Publication date: 2009

Using a theoretical framework that draws on the literature on innovation systems, complexity theories, and organizational cultures and governance, this study analyzes the factors that allowed the Mexican Produce Foundations to develop strong innovative capabilities and how these capabilities were affected by changes in the interactions among regulatory frameworks, the federal and state governments and organizational structures, creative individuals, and the history of the processes.

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.

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.

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.

Facilitating multi-stakeholder processes: balancing internal dynamics and institutional politics

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Authors: Buchanan, K., Brouwer, H., Klerkx, L., Schaap, M. & Brouwers, J.  with Le Borgne, E.
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal, 9 (3): 3-10

Evaluation as a multi-stakeholder learning process: the Programme for Capacity and Theory Building for Universities and Research Centres in Endogenous Development (CAPTURED) in Bolivia, Ghana and India

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Authors: Millar, D. et alii.
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development 9 (3): 47-62

An evaluation is a particular multi-stakeholder event during which different actors share and analyse results after several years. If the evaluation has a strong formative purpose, the evaluation team is requested to facilitate a learning process involving all key actors. Evaluations that emphasise deeper learning have to be designed in such a way that different perspectives emerge and are appreciated in an interactive way.

Changing our ways: making sense of complex multi-stakeholder systems change by using the four quadrant model

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Author: Walters, H.
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal 9(3): 153-166