Shifting Power

Power Dynamics in Multi-Stakeholder Processes: A Balancing Act


This publication synthesizes insights from an action research programme on ‘Power in Multi-Stakeholder Processes’.

Tools for Analysing Power in Multi-stakeholder Processes - A menu -


This toolkit for stakeholder analysis and power analysis was drafted by WageningenUR Centre for Development Innovation in the context of an action research on ‘Power in Multi-Stakeholder Processes’ to help local researchers select tools for their specific situations.

Power Pack: Understanding Power for Social Change


Author(s): IDS
Publication Date: 2010

The Power Pack project is initiated by IDS as a response to requests from many people for more practical and conceptual methods, materials and resources to help them think about and respond to power relations

Transforming Power: From Zero-Sum to Win-Win?


Author(s): Chambers, R.
Publication Date: 2006 

This article results from IDS requesting Robert Chambers to review his personal journey on reflecting upon the concept of power. By building on the questioning and qualifying of popular discourses on power, Chambers shares his insight with the reader that there is extensive unrealised potential for win-win solutions through uppers using their power over to empower.

Power: A practical guide for facilitating social change


Author(s): Raji Hunjan and Jethro Pettit
Publication Date: October 2011

The handbook is designed primarily for those who want to explore issues of power over a sustained period of time through workshops, one to one mentoring, and self-reflection. However, it can also be used by those who wish to start with an introduction to power analysis through stand-alone workshops. To this end, the handbook presents clear instructions, tips/suggestions and discussion points for use by the reader as practitioner.

Power Tools: Handbook to Tools and Resources


Author: Sonja Vermeulen
Publication Date: 2005

Describing power tools as policy tools to address asymmetries between marginalised groups and those who marginalise them, this guidebook presents 26 separate tools for use in the natural resource management policy-making arena. 

Troubles on the way: An analysis of the challenges faced by multi-stakeholder platforms


Author: Nicolas Faysse
Publication Date: 2006

Using two cases from South Africa and Bolivia, both in regards to water resource management, this paper analyses Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSP’s) as a means of resolving conflicts around natural resource management in both developing countries and on a global level. In examining why MSP’s have been and continue to be viewed in an often unfavourable context, the author identifies  and discusses five principal issues:

Introduction Exploring Power for Change , IDS Bulletin 37-6


Author(s): Rosalind Eyben, Collette Harris and Jethro Pettit

Publication Date: 2006

This article, an introduction to an IDS Bulletin, begins by discussing how participatory concepts and approaches highlight and provide new insights into the complex interactions between stakeholders at local, national and global levels. These concepts and approaches lead to questions regarding the impact of knowledge extension on social rules and policies, often influencing power relationships among actors.

Guidebook for MSP Facilitation


Created by : GIZ (CCPS)

Publication Date : June 2011

This one-stop guidebook on the facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes is designed to act as not only a checklist in preparation for the facilitation of an MSP, but also to act as a compass, helping facilitators to navigate through the many phases of often diverse and complex MSP’s. Presenting advisory contributions from experts of various backgrounds, the guidebook also acts as a companion guide, detailing best practices which have been learned through years of experience.

Finding the spaces for change a Power Analysis, IDS Bulletin.


Author(s):  John Gaventa
Publication Date:  2006

This IDS Bulletin begins by recognizing that in spite of the emerging new spaces and opportunities for citizen engagement in policy processes, questions still remain as to whether these new spaces actually impact power disparities sufficiently in order to improve pro-poor policy.