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Social and Economic Development

For social entrepreneurs and business entrepreneurs technology is only half the story. This section of Practical Answers includes material that aims to support the introduction of new technology and technology innovation on a sustainable basis by looking at elements of development practice such as project planning and implementation. It also covers economic issues that might be faced by small entrepreneurs in their business lives such as market analysis.

General Resources

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Community Governance in Urban Administration Project

  • video
  • English

Community Governance in Urban Administration Project- Sri Lanka

Published by Practical Action South Asia on 04/10/14

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Consensus Building With Participatory Action Plan Development

  • process brief
  • English

A facilitator's guide to a structured set of activities that helps people identify key problems and constraints...

Ahmed Taha et al, Published by Practical Action on 09/01/11

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Discovering Technologists Bangla

  • process brief
  • Bangla

Gender and technology training guidelines.

Priyanthi Fernando, Helen Appleton, Sujatha Wijethilake, Published by Practical Action Bangladesh on 02/02/14

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Discovering Technologists: - Descubriendo a las Tecnólogas: Manual de Capacitación en Género y Tecnología

  • guides and manuals
  • Spanish

Desde hace algunas décadas se vienen realizando estudios acerca de los diferentes roles de mujeres y varones. Estos...

Sujatha Wijethilake, Priyanthi Fernando, Helen Appleton, Published by Soluciones Prácticas on 01/13/14

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Discovering Technologists: Women's and Men's Work at Village Level

  • guides and manuals
  • English

Gender and technology training guidelines.

Priyanthi Fernando, Helen Appleton, Sujatha Wijethilake, Published by Practical Action South Asia on 01/01/00

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Income and Employment from Services

  • process brief
  • English

Looking at the options for income generation through improvements to infrastructure services.

Nick Brundle, Published by Practical Action on 02/02/09

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Learning from Practice: Empowering Community Organisations.

  • process brief
  • English

This document looks at a light touch approach to empowering community organisations.

Robbie Blake & Katherine Paster, Published by Practical Action on 01/01/10

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Maximiser Les Benefices de L’approche “Travail Contre Rémunération”

  • process brief
  • French

Les leçons du projet EARLI de restauration des terres au Niger

Catholic Relief Services , Published by Practical Action on 11/07/12

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Maximising The Value of "Cash for Work"

  • process brief
  • English

Lessons from a Niger land recuperation project (CRS EARLI - Emergency Agricultural Recovery of Livelihoods Initiative)

Catholic Relief Services , Published by Practical Action on 06/06/12

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Participatory Appraisal

  • process brief
  • English

Participatory appraisal is a technique that can be used in development projects to capture the true voice of a...

Victoria Cronin, Published by Practical Action on 02/25/13

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Réhabilitation Durable Des Bidonvilles

  • fact sheet
  • French

La mission donne quelques recommandations que les médecins généralistes des quartiers pauvres doivent prendre en...

Victoria Cronin, Published by Practical Action on 01/24/13

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Sustainable Slum Upgrading

  • process brief
  • English

Find about Slums and some recommendations that slum upgrading practitioners should consider when aspiring for...

Victoria Cronin, Published by Practical Action on 07/15/12

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The Pitfalls of Questionnaires

  • process brief
  • English

The purpose of this document is to generate debate and discussion about the effectiveness of the questionnaire survey.

Mansoor Ali, Published by Practical Action on 02/02/10

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The Pitfalls of Questionnaires - Los Riesgos de Los Cuestionarios

  • process brief
  • Spanish

El propósito de este docuemnto es promover el debate y discusión acerca de la efectividad de los cuestionarios.

Mansoor Ali , Published by Practical Action on 12/21/11

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Urban Participatory Planning

  • process brief
  • English

This brief looks at some of the issues of participatory planning in general and what differences might be found...

Caroline Cage, Published by Practical Action on 02/02/02

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What is Appropriate Technology?

  • fact sheet
  • English

Technology: Choice or Compromise?

Published by Practical Action on 05/16/12

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What is Appropriate Technology? - La Tecnología Apropiada

  • process brief
  • Spanish

Tecnología: ¿Elección o compromiso?

Published by Practical Action on 03/28/13

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Further Information Resources

From ReliefWeb http://reliefweb.int/
ReliefWeb is an online source for humanitarian information on global crises and disasters.

Participatory Impact Assessment: A Guide for Practitioners
Andrew Catley – John Burns – Dawit Abebe – Omeno Suji, Feinstein International Ceter, Tufts University

From The Global Development Research Center http://www.gdrc.org/
The Global Development Research Center is an independent nonprofit think tank that carries out initiatives in education, research and practice, in the spheres of environment, urban, community and information, and at scales that are effective.

Starting an NGO
Kickstart an NGO
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Logical Framework Analysis - BOND

Publications

From Practical Action Publishing

Small Enterprises in Developing Countries
A collection of conclusions based on case studies for small enterprises.

Small Business in Transition Economies
This book looks at some of the experiences of SME projects carried out in the various countries in the region.

Small Beginnings
Looks at the role of small firms and employment-generating technologies in reviving the economy.

Their Own Idea
Written for those whose job it is to assist people to start their own businesses, or who are considering the merits of group as opposed to individual enterprise, this book looks at 13 case studies which all contain important lessons.

Minimum Economic Recovery Standards
The programmatic focus of the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards is on strategies and interventions designed to improve income, cash flow, asset management, and growth among crisis-affected households and enterprises.

Equity and Efficiency in Economic Development
Eminent development economists tackle the question of how to design, construct and administer an economic system that will function efficiently and assure improved living standards, while respecting individual freedoms and social justice.

Fuelling Economic Growth
Seven case studies from Argentina, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Tanzania, Peru, the Philippines and Vietnam examine how policies have been developed and implemented to encourage innovation.

Social Progress and Sustainable Development
Neil Thin sets out to clarify the meaning of the social dimensions of development, with an emphasis on sustainability.

 

 

 

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