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Network Strategic Assessment Approach for Capacity Development and Dialogue in NGOs
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering (moved 20130630), Environmental Management and Assessment.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2914-7538
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering (moved 20130630), Environmental Management and Assessment.
2013 (English)In: International NGO Journal, ISSN 1993-8225, ISSN 1993-8225, Vol. 8, no 3, 68-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As platforms for dialogue non-governmental organizations play an important role in facilitating the inclusion of a diversity of views in the debates and decisions that shape society. However, to successfully influence societal development non-governmental organizations need to develop and mobilize their capacities. This paper argues that organizational capacities can be developed and mobilized with strategic dialogues, which can be enabled and fostered with network strategic assessment approaches. Through a case study, research was carried out to draw experiences from designing a network strategic assessment approach in the context of a network-based non-governmental organization that aims to strengthen the development of its members and communities. Even though conceptualizing the network strategic assessment approach was challenging, research results were participant engagement, process ownership and strategic dialogues. It is argued that by fostering strategic dialogues network strategic assessment approaches allow networks to synchronize and mainstream their strategic elements in the daily activities of their member organizations. Moreover, it is claimed that such approaches contribute to integrate aspects of capacity development with network planning and decision making, enhancing organizational understanding and performance.

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Academic journals , 2013. Vol. 8, no 3, 68-79 p.
Keyword [en]
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), networks, capacity development, dialogue, strategic environmental assessment
National Category
Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-46200DOI: 10.5897/INGOJ2013.0264OAI: diva2:453507

QC 20130424

Available from: 2011-11-02 Created: 2011-11-02 Last updated: 2013-12-20Bibliographically approved
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1. Fostering Participation and Dialogue Using Strategic Environmental Assessment
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fostering Participation and Dialogue Using Strategic Environmental Assessment
2011 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Various international conventions and several theories and approaches from the planning and environment fields of study have focused on enhancing the public’s access to information and its participation in strategic decision making. However, it seems that it is challenging to encourage a meaningful public participation in decision making processes, since it is difficult to engage civil society in strategic discussions, it is complex to institutionalise participative processes, and it is demanding to include traditionally marginalised groups in current debates on development. Despite this, it appears that deciding how participative approaches should be designed and when these approaches should be applied is of crucial importance to secure appropriate forums for dialogue. To study these claims and foster participation and dialogue, a study was carried out to examine the development of flexible, adaptable and participative strategic environmental assessment processes. Even though designing the processes demanded time and constant adaptation, it is argued that adequately conceptualising and implementing flexible, adaptable and participative approaches to strategic environmental assessment can lead to inclusive, legitimate and anchored outputs that can significantly influence decision making processes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2011. vi, 18 p.
Trita-LWR. LIC, ISSN 1650-8629 ; 2057
deliberative democracy, collaborative communictive planning, strategic environmental assessment, participation, networks, decision making
National Category
Environmental Sciences
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-46202 (URN)978-91-7501-148-6 (ISBN)
2011-11-11, V2, KTH, Teknikrignen 76, Stockholm, 15:56 (English)
QC 20111115Available from: 2011-11-15 Created: 2011-11-02 Last updated: 2011-11-15Bibliographically approved

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