Fostering Learning

Social inclusion in productive safety net programmes

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Author: Combaz, E. (for GSDRC - Governance and Social Development Resource Centre)
Publication date: 2013

In this Helpdesk Research Report, GSDRC aims to answer the following question:

What has worked in achieving social inclusion in labour-intensive productive safety net programmes in the agricultural sector? Consider analysis, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Where possible, draw on evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Work with us: how people and organisations can catalyse sustainable change

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Authors: Burns, D. et alii.
Publication date: 2013

The main focus of this report is to understand how positive change can happen from the perspectives of people living in greatest poverty and marginalisation and what can be done to promote this change. 

Participatory mapping for adaptation to climate change: the case of Boe Boe, Solomon Islands

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Author: Piccolella, A.
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal, 9 (1): 24-36

Critics of top-down, expert-driven approaches to adaptation suggest the need for tools and methods capable of addressing the gap between scientific and local understanding of climate change. After a lengthy period in which participatory mapping in the context of climate change was overlooked, attention has now turned to Participatory Three-Dimensional Modelling (P3DM) for adaptation planning.

Coalitions and the organization of multi-stakeholder action: A case study of agricultural research and extension in Rajasthan, India

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Author: Ruth Alsop
Publication date: 1998

Decentralization implies an increase in the number of stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of interventions. This paper draws upon the experience of a multi-stakeholder program in India which has sought to increase the contribution of rainfed agriculture to rural household's economic portfolios. The strategy has been one of enhancing government research and extension service provision through collaboration and coalition building between NGOs and government line departments.

The Change Management Toolbook: A collection of tools, methods and strategies

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Authors: Nauheimer, H.

The Change Management Toolbook is a collection of more than 120 tools, methods and strategies that you can apply during different stages of personal, team and organisational development, in training, facilitation and consulting. It is divided into three principal sections: Self, Team and Larger Systems.

Knowledge management and social learning: exploring the cognitive dimension of development

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Authors: Ferreira, S.D.M. & Neto, M.
Publication date: 2005, In: Knowlegde Management for Development, Vol 1 (3), pp. 4-17

After providing insight in the origin of knowledge management, the article investigates the relationship between knowledge management and development. Among others, it presents the different aspects of knowledge in society and clarifies the importance of knowledge management at the local level as well as the potential of a social learning approach.

Agricultural innovation systems explained

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Find out in 5 minutes what "agricultural innovation system" and "agricultural innovation platform" mean. In this short video, KIT advisors Rhiannon Pyburn, Peter Gildemacher and Femke van der Lee explain the concepts in a way everyone can understand.

PPPs: listen to the farmers. Private sector involvement in food security strategies

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For three months, The Broker facilitated a dossier on food security. The core of the dossier was an online debate organized jointly with the Dutch Food and Business Knowledge Forum, a new knowledge platform initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find innovative ways to address food insecurity.

Knowledge management and communication to address information access and power asymmetries for resource-poor producers in value chains

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Authors: Bode, R. et alii.
Publication date: 2008, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal, 4(1): 5-20

This paper provides some evidence about the role of knowledge management and communication in establishing effective value chains with resource-poor producers.

It first introduces some terms and definitions regarding value chains, social networks and information, knowledge and communication. This leads to a conceptualization of a theoretical framework on knowledge management and communication in value chains.

Promoting local innovation and participatory innovation development as a means of adapting to climate change: sharing and learning within the PROLINNOVA network

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Authors: Wettasinha, C. & Waters-Bayer., A. (ETC Foundation, Netherlands)
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal, 9(1): 108-114