Capacity Building

SEARCH, Increasing Local Community Resilience in the MENA Region

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SEARCH is a three year regional project working in five countries (Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon), funded by the European Union, to develop and pilot a resilience framework for local action planning capacities and methodologies to increase climate change resilience through joint learning, planning and testing by stakeholders through demonstration sites.

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.

Shaping local climate policies – a review of experience

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Author: Ryan, D.
Publication date: 2014

This short literature review provides initial reflections on conditions shaping climate policy at the city level in developing countries. The key message is that a city needs the following in order to effectively advance climate compatible development:

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).

Facilitating Multi-stakeholder Partnerships : Lessons from PROLINNOVA

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Authors: Critchley, W., Verburg, M. & Veldhuizen, L.v. (for PROLINNOVA)
Publication date: 2006

This booklet gives you practical lessons and insights into partnership building gained within the PROLINNOVA network over the last four years. The booklet is written for anyone who is involved in trying to bring stakeholders together into effective partnerships, and is looking for practical ideas and lessons on what works and what does not. Two case studies are included.

Engaging and Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations in Initiatives for Children, Youth, and Families

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Author: Institute for Educational Leadership

This toolkit provides checklists, suggestions, case studies, and resources for how to recruit and support partners from the faith-based community in efforts to strengthen, improve, or redesign systems of care for children, youth, and families.

Diversifying Food and Diets

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The publication Diversifying Food and Diets revisits the role agricultural biodiversity can play in improving dietary diversity and health outcomes in a world where 868 million people are undernourished, 195 million children under the age of five are stunted and over 1 billion people are overweight and obese.

Social learning for adaptation: A descriptive handbook for practitioners and action researchers

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Authors: Cundill, G. et alii.
Publication date: 2014

This handbook presents the experience of a participatory social learning process that evolved to support individual and community level adaptation to the myriad of stressors affecting rural people. The most critical factor emerging through the experience of this social learning process is how facilitators see their roles and their relationships with participants.

Successful Organizational Learning in the Management of Agricultural Research and Innovation: The Mexican Produce Foundations

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Authors: Ekboir, J.M. et alii. (IFPRI research report 162)
Publication date: 2009

Using a theoretical framework that draws on the literature on innovation systems, complexity theories, and organizational cultures and governance, this study analyzes the factors that allowed the Mexican Produce Foundations to develop strong innovative capabilities and how these capabilities were affected by changes in the interactions among regulatory frameworks, the federal and state governments and organizational structures, creative individuals, and the history of the processes.