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Democratic decentralisation and poverty reduction in Madhya Pradesh: searching for an institutional equilibrium

This paper reviews the lessons of democratic decentralisation in Madhya Pradesh (MP), a poor and semi-feudal Indian state that emerged as a leader and bold experimenter in institutional design in the 1990s. Despite inauspicious beginnings, political leade ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 17:43

The politics of emergency and the demise of the developing state: problems for humanitarian advocacy

This article discusses humanitarian advocacy in the contemporary world within the wider crisis of political vision. Humanitarian advocacy over the last 15 years has drawn attention to how crises have been precipitated by state policies and has sought inte ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 17:51

Gender and development: a SAFE recipe

The author expands on the four ingredients `feminist-flavoured gender-sensitive development' should have: Strategic needs of women; Agenda-setting direction to mainstreaming; Flexibility; and Empowerment philosophy (`SAFE'). ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 17:56

Empowerment at village level through a workshop method

An examination in presented of a pilot project to strengthen Primary Health Care (PHC) in Sheikhupura District, which was initiated by the Department of Health, Punjab, Pakistan. The project seeks to create a viable PHC model, providing accessible and sus ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 17:59

Accountability and effectiveness of NGOs: adapting business tools successfully

The central argument of this paper is that many of the tools developed to strengthen for-profit businesses can be applied to NGOs to make them more effective and accountable. The paper addresses a gap in the development literature by defining and describi ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 18:02

NGOs, corporate social responsibility, and social accountability: Inditex vs. Clean Clothes

Markets and businesses are undergoing major changes as globalisation deepens. Pressure from diverse social groups, both environmental and economic, is changing the operating environment. Many corporations are interested in devising social-responsibility s ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 18:05

The potential role of food aid in mitigating the impacts of HIV/AIDS: the case of Zambia

Needs assessments of adults and children in households affected by HIV/AIDS in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa indicate that food provision is a critical support area which has been neglected in mitigation interventions. This paper looks at practical opt ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 18:06

Learning leaders: the key to learning organisations

Learning and knowledge management are crucial capacities for many NGOs. This article attempts to answer such questions as: why is learning seen as so important for NGOs? How do successful NGOs actually learn? And what role do key individuals or leaders pl ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 18:09

The role of the external practitioner

The author uses the metaphor of the development practitioner as psychotherapist in order to explore the perverse relationships of dependence and projection that may be fostered between aid agencies and `beneficiaries' unless there is a clear sense on the ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 18:10

A New Weave of Power, People & Politics: The action Guide for Advocacy and Citizen Participation

Author:  VeneKlasen, Lisa with Valerie Miller Publisher:  Oklahoma City, OK: Wor ...

Book review - admin - 2009-10-18 20:49