Reinventing Institutions

Political economy analysis: Topic Guide

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This topic guide provides pointers to some of the key literature on political economy analysis and evidence of its impact on aid effectiveness in different contexts. It includes examples of analyses at country, sector and programme level. 

Shaping behaviour: How institutions evolve

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Development is about transforming institutions – the cultural values, legal frameworks, informal arrangements, market mechanisms and political processes that perpetuate inequality, overlook market externalities and constrain economic progress. If aid is failing, as some argue, it has much to do with agencies misunderstanding institutions and how they change.

Author: Jim Woodhill

Publication date: October 2008

Challenges to women active participation in politics in Nigeria

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Authors: Nwabunkeonye, U.P.
Publication date: 2014

This paper examined the challenges Nigerian women still face in active participation in politics such as discriminatory socio-cultural and religious practices; lack of finance; under-representation of women in governance; unhealthy political environment; political party discrimination; wrong perception of women in politics; lack of family, fellow women and media support; indigenization of women political aspirants; among others.

Women and political participation: toward attainment of 35% affirmative action and obstacles to the women participation in Nigerian politics and decision making process

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Authors: Abubakar, M. & ; Ahmad, Z Bn 
Publication date: 2014 In: Journal of Research in Humanities and Social Science, Vol 2 (9) pp. 65-71

This paper examined the efforts to increase women's political participation and the obstacles facing women to do so. 

The Role of the Public Sector in the Integration Initiative: Executive Summary

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Authors: Mt. Auburn Associates for Living Cities
Publication date: 2014

This report explores the different forms that public sector involvement has taken at the five Integration Initiative sites, documents the most important public‐sector‐related outcomes of the Initiative, and helps to develop a better understanding of what factors may be affecting success across sites.

The Integration Initiative: Three Year Evaluation Report

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Authors: Mt. Auburn Associates, Inc for Living Cities
Publication date: 2014

In January 2010, Living Cities launched The Integration Initiative (TII) to support “bold, promising approaches that have the potential to transform the lives of low-income people and the communities in which they live.”

Breaking through: how corporate social innovation creates business opportunity

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This report looks at the positive power of business to drive the innovation needed to solve the growing social and environmental challenges facing our planet. 

The goal of this report is to help Canadian business leaders consider corporate social innovation (CSI) as a powerful opportunity to concurrently drive social impact and growth. 

Politics and advocacy

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Authors: VeneKlasen, L. & Miller, V.

This chapter helps you bring to the surface some of the misgivings about what is ‘political’ in order to establish a level of comfort with the subject. This lays the foundation for further learning and action. 

Realising the Potential of Civil Society-led South-South Development Cooperation

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Author: Moilwa, T.
Publication date: 2015

Civil Society Organisations from the BRICS countries and Mexico are now leading a huge range of South-South Development Cooperation (SSDC) initiatives. These organisations have a significant role to play in the post-2015 development cooperation landscape.

Balancing state and community participation in development partnership projects: emerging evidence from Indian SDPS in Nepal

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Authors: Chaturvedi, S., ; Kumar, S. & Mendiratta, S.
Publication date: 2013, RIS discussion paper 183

In this paper, the authors evaluate the impact and potential of the development programmes known as Small Development Projects (SDPs), introduced by India as part of its development cooperation portfolio in Nepal.