GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE FOR GLOBAL CHANGE

Participation Power and Social Change

The Participation, Power and Social Change (PPSC) team at IDS works in partnership with diverse collaborators from around the world to generate ideas and action for social change.

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Citizens and their organisations, policymakers, development workers and researchers are increasingly appreciating that standard recipes for managing the complexity of our inter-connected world have not worked.

Through research, innovation and learning in rights-based and participatory approaches, we work with people to identify and implement alternative approaches to social change that respond to local situations and bridge operational practice with research and policy change. We have worked, learnt and shared with those directly suffering from and combating discrimination and injustice; with those championing change from within powerful organizations and networks and, through our collaborative teaching and training programmes with the next generation of activists, policymakers and researchers.

Over the last fifteen years, we have established a reputation for our work on methods for strengthening participation and on expanding participation in public policies, development initiatives and governance processes.

Much of our recent work, has shifted towards exploring the conditions that enable individuals and organized groups to imagine their world differently and to realize that vision by changing the relations of power that have sustained injustices. We have moved beyond a linear model of 'research to policy to practice', embedding research within inclusive processes of social and institutional learning and change. How we work is inseparable from what we work on. We pay attention to methodological plurality, the ethics of power in relationships and to strengthening the capacities of a diversity of actors.

Our team has developed a unique identity. Straddling the worlds of grass-roots practice, development policy making and academia we help connect and add value to those working for more sustainable and just societies from diverse perspectives and locations.

In 2004 we established an MA in Participation, Power and Social Change that enables practitioners to explore how they can become more effective in promoting inclusive development and change in different situations. Among others, international development organisations draw on our diverse experiences from policy, practice and grass-roots engagement to support their own efforts to reduce poverty and secure the realization of rights.

The PPSC team’s research work is currently organised around five main thematic clusters:

For general enquiries please email ppsc@ids.ac.uk

Key contacts

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T: +44 (0)1273 915612

E: d.burns@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915741

E: s.wood@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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E: c.setchell2@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915612

E: d.burns@ids.ac.uk

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E: e.lopezfranco2@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915879

E: j.stevens@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915683

E: j.vaghadia@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915729

E: j.edwards@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915672

E: j.edstrom@ids.ac.uk

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E: j.aked@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915732

E: j.gaventa@ids.ac.uk

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E: m.cascant-sempere@ids.ac.uk

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E: maysas@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915684

E: n.vernon@ids.ac.uk

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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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T: +44 (0)1273 915785

E: r.douglass@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915723

E: r.chambers@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915741

E: s.wood@ids.ac.uk

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T: +44 (0)1273 915736

E: t.lewin@ids.ac.uk

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Working with Boys and Men to Promote Gender Equality

Our goal is to enable stronger leadership for working with boys and men to promote gender equality. We will do this by gathering, inter-relating and analysing evidence and lessons. These will be strategically disseminated in targeted and accessible formats for improved learning, policy and practice. More details

Bridging the Gap Evaluation

This is a mid-term evaluation of the Bridging the Gaps Programme a global program operating in 16 countries across all the main key populations at-risk for HIV. More details

Final External Review of the Cross-Cutting Disability Research Programme

This independent external review aimed to determine the extent to which the three year Cross-Cutting Disability Research Programme (CCDRP) in Nepal, India, Zambia, Uganda, and Kenya, has met its expected impact, outcome and outputs. More details

Participate: Knowledge from the margins for post-2015

Ensuring that the most vulnerable and marginalised communities have the opportunity to shape post-2015 policymaking More details

Karimojong Citizen Research

Young researchers in northern Uganda have been probing questions posed by their own communities. From December 2012 to November 2013, they have been using action research techniques to investigate land, peace and justice in Karamoja, a post conflict society. Their findings, shared with community leaders and local government, have shed light on a fundamental problem of a society in transition out of decades of violence. More details

Valuing Volunteering

Valuing Volunteering is a global action research project, conducted by VSO in partnership with the Institute of Development Studies, to understand how, when and why volunteering affects poverty. More details

Participation and Gender Justice: Political Empowerment

This project is part of the Gender, Power and Sexuality Programme, funded by Sida. The project is working on two parallel initiatives, firstly, exploring political empowerment programmes for women and secondly, engaging with the international community to challenge and expose gendered forms of violence, particularly when this is politically motivated. More details

Men, Masculinities and HIV

The Men, Masculinities and HIV project is one of the workstreams of the Gender, Power and Sexuality (GPS) programme, funded by Sida. This work stream aims to influence norms and institutions at global and local levels to more effectively tackle the challenge of achieving gender equality, and particularly looking at the role of men in this process. More details

Highlighting the Invisibility of Unpaid Care

This is a three year project explores why unpaid care work is merited little attention in development policy and programming. We are taking an action learning approach to engaging policy actors on unpaid care, tracking the effects, successes and failures of our policy influencing activities. More details

Gender, Power and Sexuality Programme: Sexuality and Local Voices

The Sexuality and Development project is one of the workstreams of the Gender, Power and Sexuality (GPS) Programme, funded by Sida. More details

Accountability at Local Level in Fragile Contexts

This collaborative project between IDS and HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (HSI) was designed to contribute to learning on accountability initiatives in fragile contexts by exploring the dynamics and enabling factors within three ongoing accountability projects. More details

The Big Push Forward

The Big Push Forward is an informal network of practitioners, creating the space for discussion, debate and the exploration of appropriate approaches for assessing transformative development processes. More details

Participatory Approaches to Quality Assurance

This collaboration between IDS and the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) aims to bring appropriate participatory methods into quality assurance within SDC. It will also bring new levels of rigour to the principles of participation, poverty orientation and empowerment in the work of SDC and its partners. More details

Transforming Health Systems to Serve the Wellbeing of Indigenous and Minority Peoples

In 2012 researchers from IDS and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), with funding from Rockefeller Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, organised a meeting to discuss issues around inequities in universal health coverage that particularly affect indigenous and minority peoples and identify effective strategies for .addressing those inequities. More details

Participation and Development Relations

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

The Social Impacts of Crisis

How have people and communities experienced recent global economic shocks? In early 2009, the Social Impacts of Crisis project started work in 12 community 'listening posts' in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Yemen and Zambia to answer this question. More details

participation.net

Participation.net is a global, online space for sharing ideas about the participation of people in development, citizenship, governance and rights. More details

Citizens' Media and Participatory Communication

A scoping study of the role and potential of participatory communication practices across a diverse spectrum of research programmes. More details

Participation Resource Centre

The Participation Resource Centre comprises the joint collection of the IDS Participation, Power and Social Change Team and the International Institute for Environment and Development. More details

Sharing Lessons, Improving Practice: Maximising the Potential of Community-Led Total Sanitation

CLTS is an innovative methodology for mobilising communities to completely eliminate open defecation (OD). More details

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IDS publications on international development research

Putting the Law in its Place: Analyses of recent developments in law relating to same-sex desire in India and Uganda

This collection of essays has been jointly produced by Sexuality Policy Watch and the IDS Sexuality and Development Programme. More details

This is the cover to 'Knowledge from the Margins: An Anthology from a Global Network on Participatory Practice and Policy Influence'.

Knowledge from the Margins: An Anthology from a Global Network on Participatory Practice and Policy Influence

This anthology is an account of the activities carried out by the Participatory Research Group (PRG) within the Participate initiative between 2012 and 2014, and also a reflection on the methods and processes created and utilised during that time. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Climate and Environmental Change: Views from Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility

How are rapid recent food price changes linked to climate and environmental change? How do people who are vulnerable to these changes view these links? More details

IDS publications on international development research

Climate and Environmental Change: Views from Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility

How are rapid recent food price changes linked to climate and environmental change? How do people who are vulnerable to these changes view these links? More details

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Designing Inclusive Targets for a Post-2015 Agenda

Tackling extreme poverty and marginalisation alongside rising and intersecting inequalities must be a priority for the post-2015 agenda. More details

This is the cover for the book Changing Narratives of Sexuality.

Changing Narratives of Sexuality

Changing Narratives of Sexuality engages with women's sexuality exploring marginal as well as dominant stories in which sexuality may figure overtly or covertly as the subject. This impressive collection brings together a broad range of arenas in which sexuality is embedded. More details

This is the cover for IDS Working Paper 442, 'The Politics of Mobilising for Gender Justice in Egypt from Mubarak to Morsi and Beyond'.

The Politics of Mobilising for Gender Justice in Egypt from Mubarak to Morsi and Beyond

This paper examines the nature of the political struggle over the status, role and identity of women in Egypt in between the two revolutions (January 2011 and June 2013). More details

This is the cover for the book Women in Politics: Gender, Power and Development.

Women in Politics: Gender, Power and Development

Women the world over are being prevented from engaging in politics. Women’s political leadership of any sort is a rarity and a career in politics rarer still. More details

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Agency and Citizenship in a Context of Gender-based Violence

This pilot evaluation explores how citizenship and agency among social activists can be fostered in contexts of urban violence at the local level. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Participate Proposal for Post-2015 Targets

The Participate initiative provides high quality evidence on the reality of poverty at ground level, bringing the perspectives of the poorest into the post-2015 debate. The research demonstrates that there are certain focus areas that need to be addressed to achieve sustainable positive change in the lives of the poorest and most marginalised. More details

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Into the Unknown: Explorations in Development Practice

Robert Chambers reflects on experiences, which led him to examine personal biases and predispositions, and he challenges readers to examine the pervasive significance of power in forming and framing knowledge. Into the Unknown reflects on the journey of learning, and encourages readers to learn from observation, curiosity, critical feedback, play and fun. More details

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Good Practices for Effective Participation in Social Protection Design and Implementation

This short article looks at how participation can provide some answers to overcoming the tendency for elite capture in social protection programmes. More details

This is the image of the report, 'Pornography, Pleasure, Gender and Sex Education in Bangladesh'.

Pornography, Pleasure, Gender and Sex Education in Bangladesh

Over the past two decades Bangladesh’s capital has grown from a small city to a large urbanised space. Such rapid urbanisation and social transformation has created unintended consequences that have implications for gender, power, sexual relationships and health. More details

This is the cover for the book Feminisms, Empowerment and Development.

Feminisms, Empowerment and Development

The economic and political empowerment of women continues to be a central focus for development agencies worldwide; access to medical care, education and employment, as well as women's reproductive rights remain key factors effecting women's autonomy. More details

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Systemic Action Research: Changing System Dynamics to Support Sustainable Change

This article explores the characteristics of systemic action research. More details

This is the cover to IDS Working Paper 437, 'Using Participatory Process Evaluation to Understand the Dynamics of Change in a Nutrition Education Programme'.

Using Participatory Process Evaluation to Understand the Dynamics of Change in a Nutrition Education Programme

With roots in approaches to popular education and participatory action research that place the learner and the ‘beneficiary’ of development at the centre of enquiry and action, the participatory visualisation methods associated with Participatory Rural Appraisal have been widely used as tools for learning and accountability. More details

This is the cover of the book Voicing Demands: Feminist Activism in Transitional Contexts.

Voicing Demands: Feminist Activism in Transitional Contexts

Voicing Demands is a collection of analytical narratives of what has happened to feminist voice, a key pathway to women’s empowerment. More details

This is the image of IDS Bulletin 45.1, 'Undressing Patriarchy: Men and Structural Violence'.

Undressing Patriarchy: Men and Structural Violence

It explores the shifting field of men and masculinities and how often conflicted engagements with the feminist project of redressing gender inequalities might be radicalised through a deeper analysis of patriarchy and our relationship to it, as well as by linking it to other struggles for sexual and human rights, or social justice. More details

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How to Trigger for Handwashing with Soap

This is the second issue of Frontiers of CLTS: Innovation and Insights series. More details

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Reclaiming the Streets for Women’s Dignity: Effective Initiatives in the Struggle against Gender-Based Violence in between Egypt’s Two Revolutions

This paper is about the struggle to combat gender-based violence in public space in Egypt through the sustained collective action of vigilante groups who organically formed to respond to the increasing encroachment on women in public space from 2011 onwards. More details

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