Shifting Power

The 'Chinese way'? The evolution of Chinese humanitarianism

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Author: Krebs, H.
Publication date: 2014

China’s rising economic power has meant that it is now playing a bigger role in humanitarian aid. However, the country tends to be depicted as being different to the international humanitarian community and has been criticised for its perceived failure to conform to established humanitarian norms and practices. 

This policy brief examines China’s distinctive ‘humanitarian’ identity and the need for an increased dialogue between the international humanitarian community and China. 

Local fundraising and claim-making in Kenya

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Author: Lijfering, S.
Publication date: 2014

This article looks at how local fundraising and claim-making work in practice by zooming in on Kenya. Late 2013 the Kenyan Parliament put forward a law that would prohibit local NGOs to receive more than 15 percent of their funding from abroad. The bill was rejected, but it served as a wake-up call for Kenyan civil society.

Based on some field visits, the author investigates whether the emerging Kenyan middle class is even interested in development cooperation and whether they would be willing to contribute. 

Capacity, complexity and consulting: lessons from managing capacity development projects

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Author: Datta, A., Shaxson, L. & Pellini, A.
Publication date: 2012

In the past few years, the ODI’s Research and Policy in Development Programme has increasingly collaborated with or managed large multiyear projects where it has been responsible for helping local institutions and organisations to build their capacity to use knowledge to improve policies and practices.

Setting aside the issue of knowledge-to-policy links, this paper serves to 1) reflect on what capacity is and how it develops; 2) identify implications of this for approaches used to promote capacity improvement processes; and 3) assess what this means for funding
practices.

The early child development learning community in South Africa

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Author: Reeler, D.
Publication date: 2013

From learning together to working together

Almost six years ago 18 South African NGOs all working on early childhood development were brought together in a learning alliance. Over the years they have established a collaborative learning and working platform, involving organised community-based women caregivers, to develop workable and sustainable solutions for the well-being of young children in South Africa. Read their story

Capacity.org: Innovative financing for inclusive agricultural development

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As traditional official development assistance decreases attention is turning to how best to catalyse private funding for development.  However, private companies need to generate returns on their investments. To what extent does this limit private financing from reaching the poor and marginalised, referred to by Paul Collier as the ‘bottom billion’? In other words, can financing solutions involving private sector actors be inclusive?

A local vision of climate adaptation: Participatory urban planning in Mozambique

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Authors: Broto, V.C., Boyd, E., Ensor, J. & Allen, C.
Publication date: 2014

This article shares the findings of the project "Public Private People Partnerships for Climate Compatible Development (4PCCD)". It was a small project (£114,000) that ran from 2011 to 2013 in Maputo, Mozambique. It investigated whether local views be represented fairly in national and municipal planning processes through a partnership approach.

Fragmented governance and local service delivery in Malawi

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During a research trip to Malawi in 2012, a senior government official commented that nearly two decades after the government had renewed its commitment to democratic decentralisation, the working of local government was something of a ‘black box’.

Ahead of local council elections in May 2014, this study helped government and donors to understand how local government and service delivery work and to assess whether the return of local councils is likely to improve their functioning.

Working with the politics: how to improve public services for the poor

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Authors: Wid, L. & Foresti, M. 
Publication date: 2013

In this ODI Briefing Leni Wild and Marta Foresti argue that beyond recognising that institutions matter for development, the key questions which remain to be addressed are: 

How should governments that are striving to achieve more equitable and efficient service delivery approach the challenge of institutional reform?

And how can the international community best support pathways to institutional reforms for more equitable delivery of essential public goods and services?

Government Responsiveness: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

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Author: McGee, R.
Publication date: 2014

When citizens exercise voice, what is it that makes their voices count, or not count? If citizens’ voices count, governments are being responsive. This think-piece zooms in on the research question: "What makes government actors targeted by tech-enabled transparency and accountability initiatives change their behaviour and act responsively?" It investigates what kinds of citizen engagement lead to what kinds of government responsiveness, and what turns government actors into Transparency and Accountability champions. 

On speaking, mediation, representation and listening: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

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Author: Oswald, D.
Publication date: 2014

This think-piece focuses on ‘voice’ within the Making All Voices Count framework. It reflects on experiences, debates, assumptions, and questions about what ‘voice’ is and how it can be supported, with a particular focus on what this means for the ‘Making All Voices Count’ programme.