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Dynamics of Rural Innovation - a primer for emerging professionals

Authors: Pyburn, R. & Woodhill, J. (eds.)
Publication date: 2014

Dynamics of Rural Innovation – a primer for emerging professionals is a co-publication of KIT and Wageningen University’s Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) that brings together the experiences of over 40 conceptual thinkers and development practitioners to articulate lessons on agricultural innovation processes and social learning.

Impact investing and beyond: mapping support to social enterprises in emerging markets

Authors: Whitley, S., Darko, E. & Howells, G.
Publication date: 2013

With support from the Shell Foundation, ODI undertook a study to see if it was both feasible and useful to compile data on the range of support to social enterprises in emerging markets.

The study revealed three main findings:

1.     it is possible to collect and present useful information on support to social enterprises in emerging markets,

Empowering smallholder farmers in markets: Experiences with farmer-led research for advocacy

Authors: Ton, G. & Proctor, F.
Publication date: 2013

The Empowering Smallholder Farmers in Markets programme (ESFIM) creates a space for learning-by-doing on institutional modalities to bridge the gap between the research community and national farmer organisations on issues relating to smallholder market access.

This book describes the dynamics in eleven countries that were included in the programme between 2008 and 2013. Chapter 11 focuses on ESFIM’s impact on capacities for evidence-based advocacy.

The World Bank: Learning from the Experiments That Never Happened

Authors: Campos, F. et alii. (for The World Bank Development Research Group)

Publication Date: 2012

In this World Bank policy research working paper, The World Bank shares lessons learned regarding its attempts to conduct randomized evaluations of matching grant programs in Africa.

One critique of randomized experiments is publication bias, whereby only those experiments with “interesting” results get published. The hope is to mitigate this bias by learning from the experiments that never happened.

Participatory Market Chain Approach

Authors: Thomas Bernet, André Devaux, Oscar Ortiz and Graham Thiele 
Publication Date: January 2005 (BeraterInnen News)

The Participatory Market Chain Approach (PMCA) is a new participatory R&D method involving the different actors of market chains. It seeks to generate group innovations based on a well-led and well-structured participatory process that gradually stimulates interest,