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John Gaventa - Director of Research

Directorate and Development Office
E: j.gaventa@ids.ac.uk

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Professor John Gaventa is a political sociologist, educator and civil society practitioner with over 30 years of experience in research, teaching and facilitation, and organisational leadership in North and South.

Currently Director of Research at the Institute of Development Studies, he previously served as Director of the Coady International Institute and Vice President of International Development at StFX University in Canada (2011-2014). Prior to that, he was a Fellow in the Power, Participation and Social Change team at IDS, and Director of the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability, based at IDS.

Linking research and practice, he has written and worked extensively on issues of citizenship and citizen engagement, power and participation, governance and accountability, and leadership for social change in a number of countries around the world. His most recent books include Citizen-Led Innovation for a New Economy (forthcoming with Alison Mathie), Globalising Citizen Engagements (co-editor with Rajesh Tandon) and Citizen Action and National Policy Reform (co-editor with Rosemary McGee), both published by Zed Books.

A former Rhodes Scholar and MacArthur Prize Fellow, in 2011 he also received the Tisch Civic Engagement Research Prize for his distinguished scholarship on civic learning, citizen participation and engaged research. In 2012, he was awarded an OBE for his service to Oxfam Great Britain, where he was chair from 2006 – 2011. He holds a DPhil degree from Oxford University.

Promoting greater citizen participation in local governance through international dialogue and exchange.

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Exploring approaches that work to strengthen rights and meaningful citizenship for poor people

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Non-IDS publication

The Impact and Effectiveness of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives

Development Policy Review (Special Issue) 31.Issue Sublement s1 (2013)

This issue of Development Policy Review arises from a study of the impact and effectiveness of transparency and accountability initiatives (TAIs) in different development sectors. It analyses existing evidence, discusses how approaches to learning about TAIs might be improved, and recommends how impact and effectiveness could be enhanced. More details

Non-IDS publication

The Impact of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives

Development Policy Review 31.Issue Supplement s1 (2013)

This issue of Development Policy Review arises from a study of the impact and effectiveness of transparency and accountability initiatives (TAIs) in different development sectors. It analyses existing evidence, discusses how approaches to learning about TAIs might be improved, and recommends how impact and effectiveness could be enhanced. More details

IDS Working Paper

Shifting Power? Assessing the Impact of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives

IDS Working Paper 383 (2011)

This paper arises from a review of the impact and effectiveness of transparency and accountability initiatives which gathered and analysed existing evidence, discussed how it could be improved, and evaluated how impact and effectiveness could be enhanced. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Review of Impact and Effectiveness of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives

Transparency and accountability have emerged over the past decade as key ways to address both developmental failures and democratic deficits. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Literature Review on Active Participation and Human Rights Research and Advocacy

Amnesty International has adopted 'Active Participation' and 'Engaging Partners' as cross-cutting thematic foci. It is exploring exactly how these concepts are understood by different actors in Amnesty International, and what their implications are for Amnesty International's work. More details