Shifting Power

Aid and the Islamic State

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Author: Svoboda, E. & Redvers, L.
Publication date: 2014

The IRIN/HPG Crisis Brief is a new product designed for aid workers, policy makers and donors to address a gap in current analysis of humanitarian research and action.

This pilot examines the flows of international aid into parts of Iraq controlled by militants from the so-called Islamic State (IS).

Niches for Social Enterprises: How hybrid-model social enterprises cluster in Kenya and Vietnam

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Authors: Darko, E. & Avis, W. (ODI)
Publication date: 2014

In this blog post, the authors reflect when social enterprises can best offer solutions to intractable social problems, based on ODI reviews. 

Improving communication between aid agencies and crisis-affected people: Lessons from the infoasaid project

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Authors: Chapelier, C. & Shah, A.
Publication date: 2013

The growing recognition of the importance of communication in disaster response has prompted an upsurge in discussions, publications and initiatives aimed at better understanding the potential of broadcast media and new technologies to improve how agencies communicate with their beneficiaries and, ultimately, enhance the quality and accountability of humanitarian assistance.

A Peacebuilding Tool for a Conflict-Sensitive Approach to Development: A Pilot Initiative in Nepal

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Author: Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Publication date: 2014

The peacebuilding tool is an analytical tool for assisting project team leaders and social experts in understanding the local context, and in identifying potential risks to implementation of development projects that are linked to social conflicts, as well as in formulating mitigation measures for addressing these risks.

Inclusion, Resilience, Change: ADB’s Strategy 2020 at Mid-Term

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Author: Asian Development Bank
Publication date: 2014

The midterm review of Strategy 2020 provides the Asian Development Bank (ADB) a precious opportunity to draw on its vast experience over the first 5 years of the strategy's implementation.

Rusty Radiator Awards. Let's save Africa! - Gone wrong

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The video is made by The Norwegian Students' and Academics' International Assistance Fund to challenge the stereotypes frequently used in fundraising campaigns. The Rusty Radiator Award goes to the fundraising video with the worst use of stereotypes. 

Ted Talk Fred Swaniker: The leaders who ruined Africa, and the generation who can fix it

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Before he hit eighteen, Fred Swaniker had lived in Ghana, Gambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. What he learned from a childhood across Africa was that while good leaders can't make much of a difference in societies with strong institutions, in countries with weak structures, leaders could make or break a country.

In a passionate talk the entrepreneur and TED Fellow looks at different generations of African leaders and imagines how to develop the leadership of the future.

20 Essential TED Talks for Future Leaders

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Author: Writers, S.
Publication date: 2012

If you want to get to the top in any field, whether it’s business, science, or even construction, you have to have some pretty solid leadership skills. This article presents a collection of some of the best TED Talks for anyone, young or old, hoping to hone their leadership abilities.

Gender-Equitable Public Investment: How Time-Use Surveys Can Help

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Author: Fontana, M.
Publication date: 2014

Macroeconomic policy often fails to recognise the disproportionate burden of unpaid care work on women, and as a result reinforces both gender and income inequalities.

By providing detailed information on how this burden is unequally distributed across gender, class, ethnicity and other socioeconomic characteristics, time-use data can help in guiding more equitable allocations of public resources and promoting government budget priorities that recognise the importance of unpaid work, both for the economy and for human wellbeing.

Innovation in institutional collaboration. The role of interlocutors.

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Author: Fowler, A.
Publication date: 2014, In: ISS Working Paper Series / General Series , Volume 584 p. 1- 29

The world is said to be confronted with complex issues working against the long term well-being of people and planet that can only be effectively addressed through (hyper) collective effort. Past approaches to collaboration are however not good enough for operating in tomorrow’s conditions.

Drawing on Actor Network Theory, this paper explores a category of actant – an interlocutor – as potentially crucial in committing to, arranging and holding together complex collective action engagements.