GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE FOR GLOBAL CHANGE

Participation

Participation is a right held by all people to engage in society and in the decisions that impact their lives. Participation is thus a political endeavour that challenges oppression and discrimination, in particular of the poorest and most marginalised people. Participatory processes enable people to see more clearly, and learn from the complexity that they are living and working amid. Through participation people can identify opportunities and strategies for action, and build solidarity to effect change.

This is the Participation, Power and Social Change image for this years Annual Report.

Those whose interests are served by exclusion will seek to co-opt or pacify participation. This is not grounds for rejecting it, but for fighting harder for it, and understanding the fields of power within which meaningful participation for transformative social change lies.

Our work focuses on issues of systematic social exclusion facing women, people living in extreme poverty, people with disabilities, slaves and bonded labourers and others. This requires a systemic understanding of change, and an activist approach to research. We describe such an approach as participatory practice.

Through our work, we aim to:

  • Conduct and support participatory practice that is facilitative and developmental, challenging the dominance of ‘external expert' knowledge in mainstream research approaches.
  • Use, develop and share knowledge on participatory methods, which are a key part of participatory practice. These include systemic action research, peer research, participatory mapping, collective analysis, participatory numbers, and visual and digital approaches.
  • Employ a holistic learning based approach that is ‘responsive’, ‘reflective and ‘adaptive’, recognising that reality is constantly changing, and that participatory practice means continuous engagement.

Key contact

Photo of Danny Burns, IDS Participation, Power and Social Change Team leader

T: +44 (0)1273 915612

E: d.burns@ids.ac.uk

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Team Members

IDS staff or research student

E: a.vanhemelrijck@ids.ac.uk

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IDS staff or research student

T: +44 (0)1273 915863

E: a.khanna@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Catherine Holley,  Information Officer for the Human Development Resource Centre (HDRC) in IDS Knowledge Services.

T: +44 (0)1273 915756

E: c.grant@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Catherine Setchell, IDS Participate Research Communications Manager

E: c.setchell2@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Danny Burns, IDS Participation, Power and Social Change Team leader

T: +44 (0)1273 915612

E: d.burns@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Elaine Mercer, Editorial Coordinator, Bridge

T: +44 (0)1273 915816

E: e.mercer@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Emilie Wilson

T: +44 (0)1273 915779

E: e.wilson@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Erika Lopez-Franco, IDS Participation team Research Officer

E: e.lopezfranco2@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Jane Stevens, Communications Officer, Participation and Social Change Team

T: +44 (0)1273 915879

E: j.stevens@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Jerker Edstrom

T: +44 (0)1273 915672

E: j.edstrom@ids.ac.uk

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IDS staff or research student

E: j.aked@ids.ac.uk

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IDS staff or research student

T: +44 (0)1273 915617

E: k.miller@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Maysa Shquerat

E: maysas@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Naomi Vernon

T: +44 (0)1273 915684

E: n.vernon@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Pauline Oosterhoff, Research Fellow, Participation Power and Social Change

E: p.oosterhoff@ids.ac.uk

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IDS staff or research student

T: +44 (0)1273 915668

E: p.bongartz@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Richard Douglass, Administrative Support, Participation Power and Social Change

T: +44 (0)1273 915785

E: r.douglass@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Robert Chambers

T: +44 (0)1273 915723

E: r.chambers@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Ruth Goodman, M & E Learning Officer, Impact and Learning

T: +44 (0) 1273 915642

E: r.goodman@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Tessa Lewin

T: +44 (0)1273 915736

E: t.lewin@ids.ac.uk

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Photo of Thea Shahrokh, Research Officer for the Participation, Power and Social Change Team

E: t.shahrokh@ids.ac.uk

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