Innovations Series

This three-part Innovation Series offers useful publications that will help academics and community builders explore new ways of thinking, practicing and teaching. It showcases recent publications by Coady staff, associates and partners.

Innovative Thinking

These papers describe research that explores development trends and citizen strategies for bringing about successful change.

Assets on the right(s) track? Reflections at the intersection of human rights-based approaches and asset-based and citizen-led development, Julien Landry & Brianne Peters, (forthcoming).

Feminist economics in practice: Inclusive gender responsive budgeting: tools and techniques for finance and non-finance community leaders, Naima Imam Chowdhury, December 2018.

Innovation, investments, incentives and impact: What can rural women in Ghana teach us about social enterprise? Yogesh Ghore, David Fletcher, with Fati Abdulai, December 2018.

Pathways toward political and economic agency: A synthesis of findings from five scoping studies

Can participation ‘fix’ inequality? Unpacking the relationship between the economic and political citizenship

Applying social network analysis to Coady networks: The case of South Africa, Eric Smith, December 2018.

Resource centres promoting information access, activism and people’s knowledge, Catherine Irving, December 2018.

Innovative Practice

These papers include tested tools and approaches to support community development practitioners in their work.

Using producer-led value chain research to revitalize indigenous foods and launch social enterprises: lessons from Ghana. David Fletcher and Yogesh Ghore with Bernard Y. Guri, Daniel Banuoku and Elham Mumuni, (forthcoming).

The integrated household leaky bucket, December 2018.

Bridging the divide in community development, Lisa Elena Fuchs, December 2018.

Re-blocking and resilience in Canumay East, Manila. Video case study, produced by Homeless People’s Federation of the Philippines, SDI (Slum/Shack Dwellers International), & Coady International Institute, 2018.

Producer led value chain analysis: Facilitator’s guide. Yogesh Ghore, 2018 revision.

This guide shows field level facilitators and producers how to do their own value chain analysis. It is meant to complement, not replace, other methods of studying value chains. This process allows producers to generate information that will help them design their own action plans to improve their position in a value chain.

Producer-led value chain analysis: The missing link in value chain development – a tool for effective engagement of small producers. Published in March 2015.

This publication by Yogesh Ghore introduces value chains, which are increasingly being used to design and implement development programs for reducing poverty. It helps you analyze the key activities, relationships, and mechanisms that allow producers, processors, buyers, sellers, and consumers to gradually add value to products and services as they pass from one link of the chain to another.

Participatory, accountable, and inclusive governance in practice: A collection of Participedia case studies by Coady graduates.

This compilation, edited by Julien Landry, highlights 12 case studies of democratic innovation and participatory governance processes documented by Coady graduates. Published October, 2018.

Innovative Teaching

This page includes publications about innovative approaches to education and learning that have been tested for classroom or workshop use.

Applying an intersectional approach to facilitating and global development practice. 2018.

Pam Johnson, Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier and Bridget Houston share insights on strengthening diversity and inclusion in curriculum development.

From study clubs to co-operative inquiries: Social learning at Coady International Institute. 2015.

This publication by Olga Gladkikh reflects on the rich experience gathered over the past decade of using a co-operative inquiry methodology at Coady Institute. It describes the evolution of the adult learning process and identifies some of the key learnings drawn from participants and Coady staff. It is designed primarily for adult educators, especially those working in university contexts.