Managing Conflict

Dynamic systems and the challenge of sustainability

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Author: Scoones, I. et alii. (for STEPS Centre)
Publication date: 2007

Dynamism, uncertainty and complexity dominate today’s world. Yet many policy interventions ignore this, and so often fail. What is missing is a rigorous and systematic approach to addressing dynamics, one that encompasses an understanding of complex system dynamics and provides a useable guide to action. This paper is a first attempt by the STEPS Centre to address this challenge.

Civicus Civil Society Index - rapid assesment - West Africa regional report

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Author: CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
Publication date: 2014

In 2013, civil society in six West African countries - Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone - undertook an assessment of the health and conditions of civil society. They applied the CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation Civil Society Index-Rapid Assessment (CSI-RA) tool. This summary report draws from the six country reports to present key common findings, particularly as they
relate to the health of and conditions for civil society organisations (CSOs).

Civil Society at Crossroads: Shifts, Challenges, Options?

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Author: PRIA
Publication date: 2012

In 2011, the Civil Society @ Crossroads initiative was launched to deepen the collective understanding of the changing nature of civil society, and its implications for capacity, around the world. The initiative aimed to answer the question: "What are the roles, capacities, contributions and limitations of civil society in the changing local and global contexts?" 

This publication brings together the lessons learned based on the extensive documentation and analysis of the civil society stories.

From post-disaster solidarity to long-term development: The Haiti-Mexico Joint Committee of Civil Society for the reconstruction of Haiti

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Author: Gómez Bruera, H.F.
Publication date: 2014

The Haiti-Mexico Joint Committee of Civil Society for the reconstruction of Haiti (HMJC) is a South-South development cooperation programme created in 2010 by Mexican and Haitian CSOs after the earthquake. It is convened by Centro Lindavista, a Mexico City-based NGO which has been active in promoting CSO engagement with Mexican development cooperation.

Facilitating Multi-stakeholder Partnerships : Lessons from PROLINNOVA

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Authors: Critchley, W., Verburg, M. & Veldhuizen, L.v. (for PROLINNOVA)
Publication date: 2006

This booklet gives you practical lessons and insights into partnership building gained within the PROLINNOVA network over the last four years. The booklet is written for anyone who is involved in trying to bring stakeholders together into effective partnerships, and is looking for practical ideas and lessons on what works and what does not. Two case studies are included.

Promoting Self - Direction and Consumer Control in Home - and Community - Based Service Systems

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Authors: Kendrick; M.J.
Publication date: 2006

This paper is the third in a series of three papers on unlocking the code of effective systems change. It examines what contemporary social service systems can do to promote consumer-directed services.

FAMILY-CENTERED, CULTURALLY COMPETENT PARTNERSHIPS in Demonstration Projects for Children, Youth, and Families

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Author: Institute for Educational Leadership

This toolkit is designed to provide ideas and linkages to other resources that will increase the capacity of US based demonstration projects engaged in systemic reform efforts to partner with communities and families in the development of family-centered, culturally competent approaches.

It offers case study examples and a variety of tools communities may want to use as they consider plans for implementing, monitoring and institutionalizing family partnership and culturally competent policies and practices.

Building effective community partnerships

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Author: Institute for Educational Leadership

This toolkit is designed to provide ideas and linkages to other resources that will increase the capacity of US based demonstration projects engaged in systemic reform efforts to bring together organizations and individuals, develop shared goals, and implement strategies to achieve them.

A Guide to Multistakeholder Work: Lessons from the Water Dialogues

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Author: Coulby, H.
Publication date: 2009

This guide summarises the tools and methods used and the lessons learned from The Water Dialogues – a project that brings together a wide range of stakeholders to address a highly controversial issue around the privatisation of water supply and sanitation services with the aim of improving policy and practice.

Although its contents are rooted in the experience of The Water Dialogues project, the guide should be useful to anyone who is planning to develop their own form of multistakeholder work.

Collective Identity in Cross Sector Partnerships: A Research Brief

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Authors: Payandeh, N
Publication date: 2013

Cross sector partnerships (CSPs) face the challenge of aligning diverse partners towards the same goal of social value co-creation, and in fact might conduce to conflict and inefficient use of resources. Through a study of a Dutch-Colombian partnership for the development of coffee growing families in the South Eastern regions of Colombia, the research looks into the concept of collective identity as a mechanism to help partnerships overcome such challenge.