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Knowledge Sharing in Action: The Case of Concern Worldwide's Knowledge Matters

June 30, 2014

This Praxis Note describes how Concern Worldwide has been able to provide the means, motivation, and opportunity for staff to document and share their experience based knowledge for organisational learning purposes. This is an area that various organisations struggle with. It is hoped that the issues discussed in this note could prove useful to others who seek to crack the 'knowledge sharing genie'.

Funder Collaboration: A Compelling and Cautionary Tale

August 1, 2013

This a compelling story of collaboration. It is an inspiring example of funders having the courage to not accept the usual fragmented approach. They believed the lives of vulnerable children deserved better. After enormous effort they reached a stage of performing effectively as a funder collaborative.But this is also a cautionary tale. Collaborating with other funders is much harder than going it alone. This example illustrates the phenomenal costs, compromises and commitment involved in making a joint venture collaborative work. It cautions against pooled funding with diverse donors, implementing an innovative and complex programme in such a demanding context.This begs the big question - was it all worth it? After all, "it was a pretty expensive experiment" as one member said. In terms of the work on the ground in Tangababwe, the honest answer is probably not. Steering committee members admit that the collaborative has not got near to achieving most of its initial aims (but this may be more a consequence of the unique challenges the project faced in-country, rather than funder collaboration itself).What is clear is that despite the costs and difficulties involved, the members have subsequently scaled up their collaborative ventures with other funders. They say that the learning they gained from this demanding, first-hand experience made it worthwhile. They may be more wary of the intensity of pooled funding, but are more convinced than ever of the value of funder collaboration itself. They are now much more aware of the huge risks involved, but are choosing to collaborate with other funders all the more.

Working with Civil Society in Fragile States

May 1, 2009

This paper focuses on working with civil society in fragile states, as well as state engagement and capacity building at state levels to deliver development and achieve MDGs.

Background Paper: How Should We Classify Civil Society?: A Review of Mainstream and Alternative Approaches

December 3, 2008

This brief analysis reviews mainstream classification schemes before introducing a proposal for classifying civil society actors by their orientation within political theories of civil society.