Working with Complexity/ Working Systemically

From Change Initiatives to Change Systems

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Author: Waddell, S.
Publication date: 2014

In this serie of three blog posts, Steve Waddell reflects upon the question: Is there a way to strenghten global change systems and speed the pace of transformation to address critical issues of health, climate and poverty?

Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: participatory research in climate change and agriculture

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Author: Jost, C., Ferdous, N. & Spicer, T.D.
Publication date: 2014

This manual introduces a wide range of participatory strategies and tools for research to guide the implementation of climate smart agriculture and efforts to achieve food security in rural communities. It is intended for NGO practitioners and program designers interested in diagnostic and action research for gender sensitive and socially inclusive climate change programs.

Oxfam Canada Engendering Change (EC) Evaluation

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Authors: PEER Associates
Publication date: 2013

In this evaluation case study of the Engendering Change program in Zimbabwe, the evaluation employed a case study approach, using the Most Significant Change (MSC) methodology to collect stories from the staff and their constituents. This report presents the evaluation methods and outcomes.

Mediating Transition in Yemen: Achievements and Lessons

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Author: Zyck, S.A. 
Publication date: 2014

Yemen remains the only site of an Arab Spring uprising that ended in a negotiated agreement and an internationally supported transition process. 

This report explores how the UN proactively employed the good offices of the secretary-general to open an impartial space for dialogue where none had previously been considered possible

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.

Sociale innovatie: meerwaarde in krachtig samenspel

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Authors: Everts, P. et alii.
Publication date: 2014 (in Sigma online) 

  • De aandacht voor sociale inovatie is de afgelopen tien jaar wereldwijd toegenomen.
  • Nu de economie weer aantrekt lijkt de aandacht weer af te nemen en dat is onwenselijk.
  • Om sociale innovatie een impuls te geven is meer samenwerking nodig, een bundeling van krachten, creativiteit, eigenaarschap van vraagstukken, technologie en leiderschap. 

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

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.