Strategic Planning

Improving communication between aid agencies and crisis-affected people: Lessons from the infoasaid project

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Authors: Chapelier, C. & Shah, A.
Publication date: 2013

The growing recognition of the importance of communication in disaster response has prompted an upsurge in discussions, publications and initiatives aimed at better understanding the potential of broadcast media and new technologies to improve how agencies communicate with their beneficiaries and, ultimately, enhance the quality and accountability of humanitarian assistance.

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. 

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’.

Policy brief: designing programs to increase women’s participation in local government

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Author: Gomez, J.
Publication date: 2008

In 2006, The Initiative for Inclusive Security partnered with the Rwandan Association of Local Government Authorities (RALGA) and the National Women’s Council to conduct training to increase women’s participation in the 2006 local elections.

The preparation of more than 2,300 female candidates helped Rwanda successfully fulfill a constitutional quota at the local level. Women captured over 30 percent of the seats in district government and are now one-third of district executives throughout the country, as well as two-thirds of executives in the city of Kigali.

This policy brief is part of a series derived from a three-year field program on the role of women in Rwanda. More broadly, these briefs provide policymakers, donors, and program planners with strategies for consolidation of democracy in post-conflict societies.

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.

Women's Leadership and Participation: Case studies on learning for action

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Authors: Hoare, J. & Gell, F. (eds.)
Publication date: 2009

This book brings together lessons and experience in building up women's involvement from Oxfam GB and its partners. Women's Leadership and Participation illustrates methodological approaches and learning points, covering a range of issues, from women's participation in national elections to female decision-making in community livelihood initiatives.

Multi-stakeholder Guide: How to effectively engage diverse stakeholders on campus in your sustainability

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Authors: Baynham, M. (for Sierra Youth Coalition)
Publication date: 2007

This guide is intended to support and direct students who are working to institutionalize sustainability: make it part of how the university operates. This guide will walk you through the theory and practice you need to establish a collaborative process for a sustainability initiative on your campus. It offers step-by-step guidance and concludes with the presentation of the case study: Sustainable Concordia Project (Concordia University)– Setting Up a Multi-Stakeholder Committee.

Participatory mapping for adaptation to climate change: the case of Boe Boe, Solomon Islands

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Author: Piccolella, A.
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal, 9 (1): 24-36

Critics of top-down, expert-driven approaches to adaptation suggest the need for tools and methods capable of addressing the gap between scientific and local understanding of climate change. After a lengthy period in which participatory mapping in the context of climate change was overlooked, attention has now turned to Participatory Three-Dimensional Modelling (P3DM) for adaptation planning.

Independent Evaluation of the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (global, 5 countries), for CTA

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This is an evaluation of CTA's programme in ACP countries from 2007 through 2011. This is a learning evaluation with a focus on recommendations for the future.