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Women’s voice and leadership in decision-making: Assessing the evidence

Authors:  Pilar Domingo, Rebecca Holmes, Tam O’Neil, Nicola Jones, Kate Bird, Anna Larson, Elizabeth Presler-Marshall and Craig Valters

Publication date: April 2015

The report looks at whether women’s capabilities and actions in different spheres lead them to have more presence and influence within private and public decision-making. Based on a review of over 400 sources, the report is organised around thematic chapters on women’s political participation, social activism, and economic empowerment.

The need for institutional change in capacity development of tertiary agricultural education

Authors: Mundie Salm, Gerard Baltissen, Richard Hawkins, Jifke Sol, Ruud Ludemann, Anouka van Eerdewijk, Mariana Wongtschowski, Driek Enserink and Marlene Roefs.

Publication date: October 2014

Prosaic or Profound? The Adoption of Systems Ideas by Impact Evaluation

Author: Williams, B.
Publication date: 2015

All evaluation approaches have to address questions about their legitimacy, validity, relevance and usefulness. As the complexity of interventions is more widely acknowledged, impact evaluation appears to be especially vulnerable to these challenges. This article explores the potential of the systems field to address these vulnerabilities. 

IDS Bulletin: Introduction – Towards Systemic Approaches to Evaluation and Impact

Author: Befani, B., Ramalingam, B. & Stern, E.
Publication date: 2015

This IDS Bulletin focuses on exploring the potential of systems ideas and complexity concepts to meet the increasingly complex challenges of an increasingly ambitious development agenda.

Assessing Impact in Dynamic and Complex Environments: Systemic Action Research and Participatory Systemic Inquiry

Author: Burns, D.
Publication date: 2014

This Centre for Development Impact Practice Paper explores the implications of complexity and systems thinking for understanding how change happens. This in turn has significant implications for impact assessment. The paper shows how a Systemic Action Research methodology can be employed for assessing impact in complex and highly dynamic environments.

Assess impact in complex environments

Author: Waddell, S.
Publication date: 2014

In this blog post, Waddell addresses the challenges of assessing impact in complex environments, where attribution turns out to be highly problematic. He reviews several contributions in this field and stresses the essence of iterative processes to deal with complex system dynamics and to support their assessment. 

Eyes Wide Open: Learning as Strategy Under Conditions of Complexity and Uncertainty

Authors: Patrici, P. et alii.
Publication date: 2013, In: The Foundation Review 5 (3)

· Foundation strategy is hampered by a failure to recognize and engage with the complexity and uncertainty surrounding foundation work. This article identifies three common “traps” that hinder foundation capacity to learn and adapt: 1) linearity and certainty bias; 2) the autopilot effect; and 3) indicator blindness.

Complexity, Modeling, and Natural Resource Management

Authors: Cilliers, P. et alii. (for the Resilience Alliance)
Publication date: 2013, In: Ecology and Society 18 (3): 1

This paper contends that natural resource management (NRM) issues are, by their very nature, complex and that both scientists and managers in this broad field will benefit from a theoretical understanding of complex systems. It starts off by presenting the core features of a view of complexity that not only deals with the limits to our understanding, but also points toward a responsible and motivating position.

IFAD Fail Faire: How to make failure a stepping stone to success

On 29 October 2013, IFAD organized an event that challenged the common thinking around failure – and raised awareness about how learning from failure is a key to success. The event benefitted from the insights and experience of renowned personalities such as: Tim Harford, Aleem Walji, Dave Snowden and Ashley Good.

Presentation Tim Harford