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John Gaventa - Research Fellow

(on leave 1/08/2011 - 31/07/2014)

Participation Power and Social Change
T: +44 (0)1273 915732
E: j.gaventa@ids.ac.uk

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Administrator:
Georgina Powell-Stevens

Thematic Expertise:
Participatory methodologies; Poverty.

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

Currently he is a Professor and Research Fellow at IDS, where he is a member of the Participation, Power and Social Change team and Director of the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability. He has written widely on issues of power, participatory development and governance, civil society and social change.

Before coming to IDS in 1996, John was the co-director of research and Director of the Highlander Centre, an NGO with over seven decades of experience in working on poverty and social justice issues in poor regions of the United States.

Exploring the opportunities and challenges for assessing and learning about social change

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Exploring power and relationships with BINGOs

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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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Promoting a rights perspective to the challenges of poverty, inequality and insecurity.

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The Impact and Effectiveness of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives

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

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The Impact of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives

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

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

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So What Difference Does it Make? Mapping the Outcomes of Citizen Engagement

The potential contribution of citizen engagement to improved governance and developmental outcomes has become accepted in policy discourse, but its impact has proved difficult to assess. More details

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So What Difference Does it Make? Mapping the Outcomes of Citizen Engagement

Over the last two decades, the idea that citizen engagement and participation can contribute to improved governance and development outcomes has been mainstreamed in development policy and discourse. More details

Citizen Action and National Policy Reform: Making Change Happen

How does citizen activism win changes in national policy? This book brings together eight studies of successful cases of citizen activism for national policy changes in South Africa, Morocco, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Turkey, India and the Philippines. Drawing on influential social science theory about how political and social change occurs, the book brings new empirical insights to bear on it, both challenging and enriching current understandings. More details

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Spanning Citizenship Spaces Through Transnational Coalitions: The Case of the Global Campaign for Education

How do changing patterns of power and governance affect how and where citizens mobilise collectively to claim their rights? More details

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing

Building Responsive States: Citizen Action and National Policy Change

This In Focus Policy Briefing explores positive examples of citizen action and highlights how government, donors and civil society organisations can help citizens bring about pro-poor national policy change. More details

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Constructing Transnational Action Research Networks: Observations and Reflections from the case of the Citizenship DRC

This paper is particularly interested in the construction of transnational action research networks that effectively bridge the differences that separate the local from the global, practice from research, North from South, and many relevant disciplines from one another. Such networks must span inequalities in power and resources as well as differences in cultural and intellectual perspectives. More details

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Triumph, Deficit or Contestation? Deepening the ‘Deepening Democracy’ Debate

Democracy is in a state of flux. What exactly is meant by democracy and what form it should take are continually being questioned. This Working Paper examines some of the emerging debates within the deepening democracy approach and presents a series of challenges for future work. More details

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Triumph, Deficit or Contestation? Deepening the 'Deepening Democracy' Debate

Around the world concepts and constructions of democracy are under contestation. Some analysts see the spread of democratic institutional designs as evidence of democracy's triumph. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Participatory Learning and Action: Critical Relections: Future Directions

This special double edition is based on the outcomes of a writeshop held in April 2004 at the Institute for Development Studies, UK. More details

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