Managing Conflict

Participatory planning, justice, and climate change in Durban, South Africa

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Authors: Blackie, M.
Publication date: 2009 (Environment and Planning A 2010, volume 42, pages 99-115)

This paper looks at how participatory governance is treated in the literatures on social justice and climate change and based on a case study of Durban, South Africa, the paper discusses the effectiveness of participatory structures in practice. 

Gender justice and climate justice: community-based strategies to increase women’s political agency in watershed management in times of climate change

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Authors: Figueiredo, P. & ; Perkins, P.E.
Publication date: 2011

This paper discusses South-North initiatives and models for community-based environmental and climate change education which are using the democratic opening provided by watershed-based governance structures to broaden grassroots participation, especially of women, in political processes.

Dialogic Approaches to Global Challenges: Moving from “Dialogue Fatigue” to Dialogic Change Processes

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Authors: Pruitt, B. & Waddell, S.
Publication date: 2005

This working paper of the Generative Dialogue Project looks at dialogic change processes, which involve people coming together seeking to make positive change through conversation and agreement as an answer to the challenges of globalization.

It zooms in on the case of climate change, followed by an analysis of global change initiatives. It concludes that this new model of organizing will not supplant the existing international system but it is an essential complement to it.

Kenya: democracy and political participation. Discussion paper.

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Authors: Kanyinga, K.
Publication date: 2014

This discussion paper examines the challenges of democracy and participation in Kenya; it explores the general promise and failure of Kenya’s hesitant transition to democracy. The paper seeks to find out what went wrong with the project to bring ‘democracy and participation’ to Kenya.

Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: participatory research in climate change and agriculture

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Author: Jost, C., Ferdous, N. & Spicer, T.D.
Publication date: 2014

This manual introduces a wide range of participatory strategies and tools for research to guide the implementation of climate smart agriculture and efforts to achieve food security in rural communities. It is intended for NGO practitioners and program designers interested in diagnostic and action research for gender sensitive and socially inclusive climate change programs.

Conflict Resolution: Resolving Conflict Rationally and Effectively

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The article and video present the "Interest-Based Relational Approach" as an effective way of conflict resolution. The article also provides additional background information on different conflict styles. 

Key Points

Conflict in the workplace can be incredibly destructive to good teamwork.

Mediating Transition in Yemen: Achievements and Lessons

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Author: Zyck, S.A. 
Publication date: 2014

Yemen remains the only site of an Arab Spring uprising that ended in a negotiated agreement and an internationally supported transition process. 

This report explores how the UN proactively employed the good offices of the secretary-general to open an impartial space for dialogue where none had previously been considered possible

Middle Eastern youth and the Arab Spring: cross-national variation and trends in values

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Authors: Moaddel, M. & Jong, J. de
Publication date: 2014

Scholars and analysts widely claimed that the youth played a crucial role in the making of the revolutionary movements dubbed the Arab Spring. There has been little empirical evidence, however, to substantiate this claim and to document how much the younger age groups differ from the older in value orientation in different Middle Eastern countries.

In this paper, the data from the values surveys carried out in the region are analysed in order to assess cross-national variation and trend in the values and perceptions of the youth in several Middle Eastern countries.

“We Need a Culture of Truth” The Role of Civil Society Organisations in Transitional Justice

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Authors: Eunice, O. & Kuklick, C. 
Publication date: 2014

The Refugee Law Project recently met with a number of civil society organisations and key stakeholders to discuss transitional justice and national reconciliation in Uganda.

The aim of the meeting and stakeholder dialogue was to identify and work with each other toward achieving sustainable peace on both the local and national level. This report sheds light on the discussions held in the event.

From best practice to best fit: understanding and navigating wicked problems in international development

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Authors: Ramalingam, B., Laric,M. & Primrose, J.
Publication date: 2014

This Working Paper summarises the findings of a series of small-scale pilots of selected complex systems methods in DFID’s wealth creation work. The pilots contributed to improved analysis and understanding of a range of wicked problems, and generated tangible findings that were directly utilised in corporate and programmatic decisions.