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Participatory planning, justice, and climate change in Durban, South Africa

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Authors: Blackie, M.
Publication date: 2009 (Environment and Planning A 2010, volume 42, pages 99-115)

This paper looks at how participatory governance is treated in the literatures on social justice and climate change and based on a case study of Durban, South Africa, the paper discusses the effectiveness of participatory structures in practice. 

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.

“Why don’t they want our help?” Exploring the relationship between community and development worker

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In this IDS blog post, Jody Aked reflects upon the misplaced assumption that communities are always receptive and eager to engage when development practitioners or researchers offer something they think the community will benefit from. To avoid a frustrating outcome, she suggests an alternative approach, including three ways on how to start a positive relationship with a community. 

Padlet: A Free Virtual Bulletin Board and Brainstorming Tool

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In this blog post, Susan Kistler introduces Padler, an improved free virtual bulletin board application. The uses are almost endless – any time you might try sticky notes, Padlet may be a virtual alternative. 

Conflict Resolution: Resolving Conflict Rationally and Effectively

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The article and video present the "Interest-Based Relational Approach" as an effective way of conflict resolution. The article also provides additional background information on different conflict styles. 

Key Points

Conflict in the workplace can be incredibly destructive to good teamwork.

Tools for enhancing interdisciplinary communication

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Authors: Winowiecki, L. et alii.
Publication date: 2011 (In Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, (7) 1)

A diverse group of postdoctoral research fellows aimed to bring together scientific, political, economic, demographic, geographic, ecological, and ethical perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development. Communicating effectively across often disparate disciplines turned out to be their first challenge. This community essay chronicles that part of our journey. 

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.

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. 

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.

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?