Understanding how change happens is crucial to increase the effectiveness of development interventions. Our thematic Knowledge Dossiers show how Hivos thinks change can happen in specific areas. This dossier showcases the methodologies that can help us become more effective change agents.
For several years, Hivos has been exploring a Theory of Change approach to enhance the quality of strategic thinking and the effectiveness of its programmes and that of its partner organisations in the South. Theory of Change thinking is the process of clarifying what assumptions an organisation, project, network or group of stakeholders has about how political, social, economic, and/or cultural change happens, and what its contribution is to such a change process. Once a Theory of Change is established, it can be used continually to allow for adaptation and checking of assumptions. This dossier presents our experiences with Theory of Change methodologies and provides practical toolkits for how to use it.
Another stream of research concerns social innovation methodologies to offer new ways of developing solutions. We are of opinion that failing political leadership, dysfunctional political-economic systems and glaring social contradictions are not new phenomena, but state it is their persistence and increasing global interconnectedness, that requires a new approach. Hivos has experimented with a wide array of social innovative approaches, such as Change Labs. Read more about our experiments in this dossier.
Other research assesses means and methods of knowledge co-creation, the changing face of development cooperation, and learnings on working with multi-actor initiatives.