Partnership Arrangements

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?

Responsibility to protect (RtoP): Training toolkit for civil society actors and multidimensional peace support personnel in West Africa

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Author: Martyns Okeke, J., Ekiyor, T. & Balogun, O. (for the West Africa Civil Society Institute)
Publication date: 2013

This toolkit on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) was designed to introduce the concept to practitioners and policy makers in West Africa, as well as deepen their knowledge of its development and practice. It aims to achieve this through seven targeted training sessions to be delivered over three days using a combined methodology of brainstorming, mini-lectures and quizzes, open discussions, group work and case study exercises. 

Engaging communities: evaluating social accountability in school feeding programmes

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Authors: Johnson, C. & Janoch, E.
Publication date: 2011

This policy brief addresses the question of how implementers of Home Grown School Feeding systems can create and operationalize feedback systems between communities, governments and external partners to ensure Home Grown School Feeding Programmes are meeting communities’ needs.

Innovation, solidarity and South-South learning: the role of civil society from middle-income countries in effective development cooperation

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Authors: Poskitt, A. & Shankland, A.
Publication date: 2014

This briefing aims to highlight the contribution of civil society organisations to the roles which middle-income countries play not just as recipients of aid, but also as innovators and providers of development cooperation. It draws on a review of available literature, on the evidence from the BRICS countries and Mexico gathered by the IDS Rising Powers in International Development programme and on four case studies.

Civicus Civil Society Index - rapid assesment - West Africa regional report

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Author: CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
Publication date: 2014

In 2013, civil society in six West African countries - Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone - undertook an assessment of the health and conditions of civil society. They applied the CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation Civil Society Index-Rapid Assessment (CSI-RA) tool. This summary report draws from the six country reports to present key common findings, particularly as they
relate to the health of and conditions for civil society organisations (CSOs).

Civil Society at Crossroads: Shifts, Challenges, Options?

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Author: PRIA
Publication date: 2012

In 2011, the Civil Society @ Crossroads initiative was launched to deepen the collective understanding of the changing nature of civil society, and its implications for capacity, around the world. The initiative aimed to answer the question: "What are the roles, capacities, contributions and limitations of civil society in the changing local and global contexts?" 

This publication brings together the lessons learned based on the extensive documentation and analysis of the civil society stories.

Supporting ‘Autonomy and Resistance’ The Brazil-Mozambique-South Africa native seed bank project

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Author: Suyama, B. & Pomeroy, M.
Publication date: 2014

This case study explores an innovative multi-stakeholder project led civil society in three countries: Brazil, Mozambique and South Africa. The “community native seeds banks in family farming areas” knowledge-sharing initiative is the first Brazilian South-South Cooperation (SSC) project to be delivered by social movements working in coalition with an NGO and two different government agencies.

From post-disaster solidarity to long-term development: The Haiti-Mexico Joint Committee of Civil Society for the reconstruction of Haiti

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Author: Gómez Bruera, H.F.
Publication date: 2014

The Haiti-Mexico Joint Committee of Civil Society for the reconstruction of Haiti (HMJC) is a South-South development cooperation programme created in 2010 by Mexican and Haitian CSOs after the earthquake. It is convened by Centro Lindavista, a Mexico City-based NGO which has been active in promoting CSO engagement with Mexican development cooperation.