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No more adoption rates! Looking for empowerment in agricultural development programmes

The debate on empowerment encompasses an older discourse about the intrinsic value of empowerment, and a newer discourse about the instrumental benefits of empowerment; the concept of agency is useful in understanding this distinction. In agricultural dev ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 17:00

Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for gender and development

This article discusses the burgeoning field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), with a particular focus on the opportunities for its application as part of the international women and development agenda. We discuss recent theoretical developments i ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:45

Learning from innovation: implications of an integrated development project in Chiapas, Mexico

This is a case study of an integral local development project combining elements of agro-ecology, fair trade and risk-conservative finance operated in partnership between a grassroots and promoter organization. We conclude that insurance is a key elemen ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:53

Sustainability is not about money!: the case of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry

With specific reference to the BCCI, the author argues that equating sustainability with financial self-sufficiency can lead development organisations to sacrifice or compromise their development work in order to generate revenue. The BCCI was funded by U ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:57

What makes good development management?

In a previous paper the author gave two views of development management. One was management in the context of development as historical change. The other was the management of deliberate efforts at progress, of development tasks. This paper adds a third: ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:59

Which knowledge? Whose reality? An overview of knowledge used in the development sector

This article provides an overview of issues relating to the use of knowledge by development organisations. It starts by exploring the various definitions of knowledge which exist in a world of many cultures and intellectual traditions and the role of lang ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 17:02

Poverty reduction

The idea of poverty reduction naturally attracts all kinds of angels – in NGOs, government departments and international financial institutions – but their ministrations are frustrated by many obstacles. These include the narrow and static way in which ec ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 17:05

Values in international development organisations: negotiating non-negotiables

Values are an important theme in discussions in international NGOs (INGOs), helping to create the conditions for solidarity among staff. But at the same time they are also frequently a source of demoralisation and destructive conflict. This is because t ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 17:07

Learning from complexity: the International Development Research Centres experience with Outcome Mapping

This paper introduces the major concepts of Outcome Mapping and discusses the International Development Research Centres experience in developing and implementing Outcome Mapping with Northern and Southern research organisations. It explores how the funda ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 17:09

Workplace codes as tools for workers

Workers face tremendous challenges in their fight to organise, both in terms of personal risk and the sheer number of obstacles. Overcoming such challenges requires multiple strategies and broad-ranging collaboration. In this article we begin by reviewing ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 17:11