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This field guide offers ideas, practices, and entry points to design dialogues that expand the modes of collective sensing, learning and decision-making used to deal with the novel risks and insecurities underlined by the Human Development Report 2021/2022: Uncertain Times, Unsettled Lives: Shaping our Future in a Transforming World (2021/22 HDR). A shifting development landscape calls for shifts in capabilities and mindsets for development, which are shaped by how we gather and connect, as much as the knowledges we hold.
The tips and tools in this guide are not about dialogue for the sake of dialogue, but to enable modes of thinking and action conducive to realizing more transformational outcomes in the face of policy uncertainties articulated by the 2021/22 HDR. It has been co-designed with UNDP’s first ‘Leaders for 2030’ Systems Transformation Certificate cohort, bridging some of the tools our leaders found valuable from the course, among other sources, with the discursive spaces and policy processes that influence decision-making for development.
While the methods and tools may be relevant for many dialogue-driven planning contexts, it is specifically designed to support national and sub-national consultative exercises inspired by or relevant to the themes of the 2021/22 HDR. The target audience is development actors who are engaged in HDR processes in-country, namely UNDP leadership, however, it is equally relevant to other partners leading multi- stakeholder processes to inform policy directions for complex, systemic challenges. Though anticipated that a primary user will be dialogue facilitators, the guide equally invites renewed perspective on the role of senior leaders at the midpoint in the 2030 Agenda – offering pathways for them to consider their unique potential to influence change processes by serving as designers of conditions and architects of relationships.
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