Research Paper

Civil society - BRICS engagement: opportunities and challenges

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Authors: Tandon, R. & Bandyopadhyay, K.K.
Publication date: 2013

This paper reviews the emergence of BRICS and its perceived potential and limitation. More importantly, it critically examines how it matters to civil society. Does BRICS as an alliance of the 'rising powers' hold any promise to address the shared interests and concerns of civil society in these countries nationally and globally?

Landscape estoration through innovative landscape governance - A case study of coal mining in East Kalimantan, Indonesia

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This MSc research thesis focusses on the restoration of post coal mining sites in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The author tries to gain a better understanding of the regulations, set by the government, which oblige mining companies to restore the desgraded land after mining practices have finished. How does this work in practice and how does this influence and shape the broader landscape governance?

The Seed Sector in Developing Countries: A Framework for Performance Analysis

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This report is a comparative analysis of available documented evidenced of past and current seed projects.  

Can Cultivars from Participatory Plant Breeding Improve Seed Provision to Small-scale Farmers?

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This paper discusses how well-adapted cultivars developed through participatory plant breeding (PPB) initiatives create new opportunities for production and distribution of quality seed.

ISSD in Africa: A Basis for Seed Policy and Law

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This paper complements  the paper ISSD in Africa A Conceptual Framework for Creating Coherence between Practices, Programmes, and Policies.  

ISSD in Africa: Conceptual Framework for Creating Cohernence between Pratcies, Programmes, and Policies

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This paper outlines ISSD as a useful conceptual framework for creating coherence among seed practices, programs and policies.

Network Analysis of Barley Seed Flows in Tigray, Ethiopia: Supporting the Design of Strategies that Contribute to On-Farm Management of Plant Genetic Resources

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The paper covers the dissemination of barley seed, and on farm management of plant genetic resources in Tigray.

The Impact of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives

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Authors: Gaventa, J. & McGee, R.
Publication date: 2013

This issue of Development Policy Review arises from a study of the impact and effectiveness of transparency and accountability initiatives (TAIs) in different development sectors. It analyses existing evidence, discusses how approaches to learning about TAIs might be improved, and recommends how impact and effectiveness could be enhanced.