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The barefoot guide to working with organisations and social change

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July 2009

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This is a practical, do-it-yourself guide for leaders and facilitators wanting to help organisations to function and to develop in more healthy, human and effective ways as they strive to make their contributions to a more humane society... The guide, with its supporting website, includes tried and tested concepts, approaches, stories and activities. Its purpose is to help stimulate and enrich the practice of anyone supporting organisations and social movements in their challenges of working, learning, growing and changing to meet the needs of our complex world. Although it is aimed at leaders and facilitators of civil society organisations, we hope it will be useful to anyone interested in fostering healthy human organisation in any sphere of life. This resource has a supporting website where additional resources are available

December 2005

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This website aims to make high quality manuals, field books and training courses easily available to groups who need them (free of cost to those in the South but with a contribution of $25 requested from those in the North); to encourage colleagues to be open to new knowledge and skills, to plan and stick to self-guided learning; to introduce topics which may be new to some people an to link users to resources, useful organisations, websites and materials; and to provide a place for users working in different countries in the South to stay informed. The resources are available online and cover a variety of topics in a clear, easy to understand format. It provides a number of guidelines including guidelines for writing reports [] and a simple guide to the web []

Asian Development Bank


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The Asian Development Bank site contains a list of over 500 disability and development related publications. Type "disability" into the search box to view the list. The list includes the report and associated presentations of an Asian Development Bank workshop on disability and development held in October 2002

United Nations Enable

Division for social policy and development

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This website is about the UN's disability programmes and focuses on rights, international standards and declarations, such as the World Programme of Action. Thematic issues covered include accessibility, promoting the rights of disabled people, mainstreaming disability and development, and building the capacity of disabled people's organisations. There are also links to disability databases and other disability organisations

International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)


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IDDC aims to promote the rights of disabled people more effectively and efficiently through collaboration and sharing information. The website contains details of and links to disability publications on a number of disability and development-related topics. Click on "disability and development topics" for links to documents on donor policy and practice, mainstreaming disability and development, and key development issues including HIV/AIDS

European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

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The European Centre for Development Policy Management's (ECDPM) mission is to facilitate cooperation between African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the European Union (EU). Its two long term objectives are to enhance the capacity of public and private actors in ACP and other low-income countries; and to improve cooperation between development partners in Europe and the ACP region. The website holds information about the centre's core themes: political dimensions of partnership, ACP-EU trade relations, actors of partnerships and three cross-cutting programmes: communications and information technology, strategy and innovation and finance and administration. The site also gives access to the centre's key publications in these areas : a gateway for capacity development

HAUCK, Volker

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This website focuses on providing updated information and background resources related to the policy and practice of capacity development. It addresses both the 'why' and 'how' of capacity development. The site aims to encourage perspectives and experiences from the South. It is designed with development researchers, practitioners and decision makers in Africa and donor countries in mind. The site offers a quarterly newsletter, a virtual library and hyperlinks to related websites. The material on the site is organised into four categories: policies and issues (why capacity building?), institutional groupings (civil society, government, private), sectors (agriculture, water, urban development), and tools and methods (assessment, info, planning)

ACP-EU trade website

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This website is a non-partisan source of information, documents and links on ACP-EU trade matters. It aims to provide easy access to key official documents, informal papers, and analytical studies relevant to ACP trade. It lists a range of web resources and announces events and conferences. The site is aimed at researchers, policy makers, private sector and civil society


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The i4d website aims to reflect the role and relevance of ICT in various development sectors such as rural development, gender, governance, micro-finance, education, health, wireless communication, local content, culture and heritage, and more. It hosts a range of up-to-date and interactive features that supplement the news and features content of their printed magazine 'i4d', and also allows for user interaction via discussion forums, regular e-newsletters, letters to the editor, and other online activities

ICTD within the framework of the MDGs

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This webpage features a brief article exploring the connections between ICTs and development., particularly with regard to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Links to several useful reports on ICTs and the MDGs are also provided

We can do [blog]


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We Can Do is blog shares information about people with disabilities in developing countries including conferences, events, job posts, news, resources, and case studies. In particular, it alerts people to pragmatic resources and toolkits that are free or low-cost and that they can put to immediate use in the field with disabled people living in poverty in developing countries. It includes a resource 'Refugees with disabilities' facts and solutions

Mental health, poverty & development


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This website contains many resources relating to the inter-relationship between mental health, poverty and development. It contains useful resources, information sheets, publications, journal and conference databases, key organisations and contacts, press releases and media coverage of the issues



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This part of the Eldis website shares resources on development, policy, practice and research in health. It includes topics covering specific diseases, health and development information resources and newsfeeds

The disability convention - making it work


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This CD-ROM aims to help aid agencies and development organisations to mainstream disability into poverty reduction strategies. Specifically, this resource relates to the Convention of the rights of persons with disabilities.The 120 resources featured on the CD, promote the inclusion of disabled people in international development through the recognition and strengthening of human rights


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This news network provides in depth coverage of emerging and current global health issues, natural disasters, war and conflict, and food crises. It also has sections on climate change, country profiles, multimedia, blogs of opinion and eye witness reports and an area for aid agencies who are members of AlertNet

Hesperian images


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On this website users can browse and search more than 12,000 health illustrations from our renowned publications. Registered users can organize, purchase, and download images for a price depending on usage

High-level meeting of the General Assembly on disability and development, 23 September 2013|The way forward : a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond


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This resource presents information and documents related to the high-level meeting on disability and development which focused upon a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond. Related resources include preparatory documents, official documents, submissions, reports and resolutions
High-level meeting of the General Assembly on disability and development
New York, USA
23 September 2013

Capacity Development Resource Center (CDRC)


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The Capacity Development Resource Center (CDRC), part of the World Bank Institute (WBI), aims to be a connector of knowledge, learning, and innovation in capacity development for the benefit of the development community and results-oriented practice.  The CDRC showcases experiences in this area, highlighting country and sector-wide approaches and instruments focused on results. Specifically, the CDRC compiles working papers, recent literature, strategy notes, and diagnostics related to capacity development linking international and local capacity development agencies and other capacity development knowledge sources


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Created and managed by EuropeAid in 2009, is the European Commission’s primary online knowledge sharing platform on development, external cooperation and policy, the aim of which is to improve capacity development through knowledge sharing. The interactive platform supports the European Commission's efforts to make technical cooperation more effective provides an open forum where EC staff at country level and in headquarters, development practitioners, partner countries, other donors, academics and civil society representatives can share ideas and knowledge : a gateway for capacity development


Expand view was founded in 1999 as a resource portal for the practice of capacity development and the home of journal, which was published between 1999 and 2013.  The website provides access to a broad range of related topic-based online resources that practitioners can draw on for their own work, and continues to track capacity development news and resources through several social media networks. The website is intended for practitioners and policy makers who work in or on capacity development in international cooperation in the south

The website also features links to a printed journal and an email newsletter, which are published quarterly in English, French and Spanish



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