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John Gaventa - Director of Research

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

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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 a Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (part-time) and Director of the Coady International Institute and Vice President of International Development at StFX University in Canada. A researcher, educator and civil society practitioner, he has written and worked extensively on issues of citizenship and citizen engagement, power and participation, and governance and accountability around the world.

His most recent books include 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. From 2000 – 2011, he served as the Director of the Development Research Center on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability, based at IDS.

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.

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

IDS Research Summary

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

IDS Working Paper

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. 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

IDS Working Paper

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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