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Coffee Barometer 2014 explores the global and local dimensions of the coffee production system, by observing how the social, economic and ecological aspects are intertwined. On the one hand we have noticed that coffee producers are experiencing different climate change related impacts, on the other hand there are only few and fragmented adaptation and mitigation measures being implemented in the coffee sector to cope with this new reality.

وُلد هذا الدليل نتيجة الاختبارات التي أُجرِيَت على تطبيق نظريّة التغيير على أرض الواقع والدروس

المستخلَصة من هذا الأمر، وذلك بدءًا من العام 2007. جرى تطوير النهج الذي نعرضه هنا على امتداد

,الوقت، وعبْر سلسلة من ورشات العمل التي عُقِدت مع فريق عمل منظّمة هيفوس ومنظّمات شريكة

ومستشارين في جميع الأقاليم التي تنشط فيها هيفوس. هذا الدليل أفاد إفادة كبيرة من التغذية الراجعة الت

.قدّمها المشاركون

في العام 2010، قامت منظّمة هيفوس ببناء مجموعة تعلُّم لنظريّة التغيير سعيًا لاستنباط التعلُّم من

Want to know better how your interventions can contribute to change? A Theory of Change (ToC) approach helps in deepening your understanding - and that of your partners - of how you collectively think change happens and what the effect will be of your intervention. Not only does it show what political, social, economic, and/or cultural factors are in play, it also clarifies your assumptions. Once a ToC has been developed, it can be used to continually reflect on it in ways that allow for adaptation and checking of assumptions of your intervention.

How to be more innovative in your practice: 6 reflections from SIX and Hivos

Across the world, development and social challenges are increasingly more complex and urgent. From INGOs to community organisations to governments, finding new ways of working to meet these challenges is more of a priority than ever. The organisations that are best placed to deliver the biggest impact are those that are highly connected, that are agile and seek to be disruptors. But what does this mean in practice?

The purpose of this paper is to explain Hivos’ understanding and use of the concept ‘Theory of Change’, which has become increasingly important in its strategic thinking.

The paper is meant to inform external stakeholders, such as organisations Hivos collaborates with, funders and other allies in Hivos’ work for social change.

Hivos Theory of Change E-Dialogues

From 2011 to 2014, Hivos hosted a series of E-Dialogues on different aspects of ToC thinking. ToC practitioners from around the world gave contributions based on their experiences with ToC on the topics of:

E-Dialogue 1: The Added Value of ToC
E-Dialogue 2: Rigid plan or vague vision: Exploring the boundaries of ToC precision
E-Dialogue 3: Capacities for Doing and Thinking ToC in Development Organisations
E-Dialogue 4: Gender and Theories of Change

Chic coffee shops are multiplying all over the world, but in many places coffee farmers are dwindling. In one area of Indonesia, the average age of a coffee farmer is sixty; in Colombia it is fifty. Growing coffee is hard work that can sometimes generate little income. Older people who have spent their lives in the fields persist, but their children are leaving to seek more gainful, modern and enjoyable employment. A new generation of coffee professionals is urgently needed.

Development, Impact & You (DIY)

Our writing of this blog competed with our reading of Russel Shorto’s Amsterdam¹. Shorto’s analysis of the turbulent late 16th/17th Century is instructive for change agents struggling to transform contemporary societies. Early 17th Century Europe was in a state of chaos. Citizens, merchants and  politicians alike were gasping to make sense of fast changing times.  There was no theory of change, just a multitude of experiments driven by  a spirit of questioning and renewal in all domains of life.

In recent years there has been an increased interest in applying Theory of Change (ToC) thinking as a way to operate more strategically and effectively in complex change processes. ToC refers to the understanding that an organisation, project, network or group of stakeholders has about how political, social, economic and/or cultural change happens. A ToC analysis in particular explores and specifies how and why this organisation, project or group of stakeholders thinks that their actions will contribute to such a change process.