Fostering Learning

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.

Partnership Matters Journal 4

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Authors: several authors for The Partnering Initiative
Publication date: 2006

The Partnership Matters Journal explores a range of topics in cross-sector partnerships and drew on the work on those involved in the International Business Leaders Forum and University of Cambridge Programme for Industry Post-graduate Certificate in Cross-Sector Partnerships programme. 

In this last edition, special attention is given to partnerships with the private sector, including several case studies.

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.

IMARK: Free e-learning module on knowledge sharing for development

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The module was developed to provide organizations and communities with the necessary tools and methodologies required to develop their knowledge capacities, and enable them to work more effectively.

Target audience

It is aimed at staff working in a wide range of organizations including international organizations, donor agencies, multilaterals, NGOs, research institutes, national governments, regional organizations, and indigenous NGOs.

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 2: Learning Practices in Organisations and Social Change

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Authors: The Barefoot Guide Collective (different contributors)
Publication date: 2011

The Barefoot Guide 2 is a free, downloadable and practical resource for leaders, facilitators and practitioners involved in social change who want to improve and enrich their learning processes.

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.  

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.