Research Paper

Collaboration of Farmers and Breeders: Participatory Crop Improvement in Perspective

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Participatory Crop Improvement (PCI) has developed over the past decade as an alternative and complementary breeding approach to Formal Crop Improvement (FCI).

Tanzania Seed Sector Assessment

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Participatory National Seed Sector Assessment for the Development of an ISSD Programme in Tanzania

Concept Note: ISSD in the Zambezi Valley, Mozambique

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This concept note explores a tentative six-year ISSD Central Mozambique Programme, in which ISSD partners focus on seed sector development in the agricultural growth corridor of the Zambezi Valley.

Where do the world’s poor live? A new update

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Author: Sumner, A.
Publication date: 2012

This paper revisits, with new data, the changes in the distribution of global poverty towards middle-income countries (MICs). In doing so it discusses an implied ‘poverty paradox’ – the fact that most of the world’s extreme poor no longer live in the world’s poorest countries.

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).

Civil Society and Knowledge Management in West Africa

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Author: Obadare, E.
Publication date: 2013

The aim of this background paper is to provide an overview of key issues in relation to the production, documentation and communication of knowledge by civil society in West Africa.

Inclusive Innovation: Definition, Conceptualisation and Future Research Priorities

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Authors: Heeks, R. et alii. 
Publication date: 2013

There is increasing policy, practice and academic interest in “inclusive innovation”. Based on a three-country interview study with 37 policy-makers, strategists, private sector and NGO sector representatives – and founded on a review of existing literature on inclusive innovation – this paper reports findings about research priorities in inclusive innovation. 

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.