Reinventing Institutions

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.

Antipoverty transfers and inclusive growth in Brazil

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Authors: Barrientos, A.; Debowicz, D. & Woolard, I.
Publication date: 2014

The paper examines the growth of antipoverty transfers in Brazil and their role in securing inclusive growth. This paper provides a comprehensive assessment of the role of antipoverty transfers in securing inclusive growth. It examines their design, implementation, outcomes, and sustainability. It also sketches their potential relevance to African countries and zooms in on South-South cooperation. 

“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.

Embracing change through art, design and new leadership

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Authors: Forte, I. & Everts, P.
Publication date: 2013

The radio reporter couldn’t suppress her amazement when she heard that Dutch entrepreneurs successfully ran a school for creativity in China. “But China was already a very creative society more than thousand years ago”, she argued. 

Her guest politely reminded her that in the middle of the 20th Century, Communism took power. Since then, creativity was erased from the collective mindset. During the conversation, it became strikingly clear how vulnerable any system becomes when creative expressions or contributions are banned.

Innovation that sticks (in Dutch)

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Author: Stenden Hogeschool
Publication date: 2012

In deze publicatie van Stenden KennisCentrum Sociale Innovatie belicht de rol van sociale innovatie in een reeks activiteiten en bedrijfscases uit Nederland.

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. 

Politically smart, locally led development

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Authors: Booth, D. & Unsworth, S. 
Publication date: 2014

This paper is a contribution to ongoing debate about the need for donor agencies to think and work more politically. It presents seven cases of aid-funded interventions that show how donors have been able to facilitate developmental change ‘despite the odds’.

Women’s participation in green growth – a potential fully realised?

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Author: von Hagen, M. & Willems, J.
Publication date: 2012

This study analyses opportunities and challenges for women’s participation in green growth in developing countries. The purpose of the study is threefold: 

  • to shed more light on the gender dimension of green growth, especially in the context of private sector development and thus fill a knowledge gap in the green growth discourse
  • to validate women’s contributions to green growth and sustainable private sector development
  • to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality

Participatory subnational planning for REDD+ and other land use programmes: Methodology and step-by-step guidance

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Authors: Richards, M. & Swan, S.
Publication date: 2014

This document presents a proposed methodology, and step-by-step guidance, for Participatory Subnational Planning (PSP), tailored to operationalise subnational REDD+ programmes. 

Leveraging the private sector to promote agriculture and natural resources-based livelihoods

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Authors: Wiggins, S. & Keats, S.
Publication date: 2014

For the benefit of Livelihoods Advisers in DFID, this Topic Guide sets out the issues arising when stimulating private investment and initiatives to the benefit of small-scale and informal farmers, fishers and herders.