GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE FOR GLOBAL CHANGE

Participation, power and politics

Our work explores how power can be used to promote social change, tracing and learning from many micro-level efforts, successes and failures, including:

  • Power concepts, analyses and tools
  • Labelling and stigma
  • Power relations in the international aid system
  • Women's empowerment
IDS staff or research student

Adinda Van Hemelrijck - DPhil Student

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Alex Shankland - Research Fellow

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Catherine Setchell - Research Communications Manager

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Danny Burns - Team Leader

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Hani Morsi - Dphil Student

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Jethro Pettit - Director of Teaching and Learning & Research Fellow

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Marjoke Oosterom - Post Doctoral Researcher

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Maysa Shqerat - Dphil student

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Naysan Adlparvar - DPhil Student

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Patta Scott-Villiers - Research Fellow

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Pauline Oosterhoff - Research Fellow

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Robert Chambers - Research Associate

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Rosalind Eyben - Professorial Fellow

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Rosemary McGee - Research Fellow

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IDS staff or research student

Tamahi Kato - DPhil Student

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Tessa Lewin - Research Fellow

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Thea Shahrokh - Research Officer

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Big International NGOs

Exploring power and relationships with BINGOs 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

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

Participation and Development Relations

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

Pathways of Women's Empowerment Research Programme Consortium

Pathways is a research and communication programme which seeks to discover where women are achieving real gains despite or because of policy and practice. It looks at how this has happened, and aims to make these pathways visible so that we can build on these revealed successes. More details

Powercube: Understanding power for social change

The powercube is an innovative conceptual tool used for understanding and analysing power in processes of governance, in organizations, and in social relationships 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

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IDS publications on international development research

Under What Circumstances and Conditions Does Adoption of Technology Result in Increased Agricultural Productivity? A Systematic Review

New technology that enables sustainable and profitable production of food and fibre is critical for both food security and economic development. Whether framed in terms of modernisation, productivity enhancement, poverty reduction, social protection, environmental protection or adaptation to climate change, technical change is at the heart of most agricultural policy, programmes and projects. From More details

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Work With Us: How People and Organisations can Catalyse Sustainable Change

This report provides a synthesis of studies conducted by the Participate Participatory Research Group (PRG) in 29 countries, and attempts to identify and draw out the patterns of change that emerge across them from people's accounts of their own experiences of moving in or out of poverty and marginalisation. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Squeezed - Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility, Year 1 Results

The first year results of a four-year study on how food price volatility affects everyday life find important changes in people's wellbeing and development. More details

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Squeezed - Highlights from Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility, Year 1 Results

This document is the highlights report for the first year results of a four-year study on how food price volatility affects everyday life find important changes in people's wellbeing and development. More details

Non-IDS publication

Copts at the Crossroads - The Challenge of Building Inclusive Democracy in Egypt

In the light of the escalation of sectarian tensions during and after Mubarak's reign, the predicament of the Arab world's largest religious minority, the Copts, has come to the forefront. More details

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Uncovering the Politics of 'Evidence' and 'Results'. A Framing Paper for Development Practitioners

Hard evidence, rigorous data, tangible results, value for money – all are tantalising terms promising clarity for the international development sector. Yet, behind these terms lie definitional tussles, vested interests and contested world views that this background paper to the Politics of Evidence Conference aims to make explicit and question. The aim is to encourage development practitioners to strategize in expanding the politico-bureaucratic space to make room for flexible and creative support of locally-generated and transformative change. More details

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From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World

The twenty-first century will be defined by the fight against the scourges of poverty, inequality, and the threat of environmental collapse - as the fight against slavery or for universal suffrage defined earlier eras. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Supporting Inclusive and Democratic Ownership. A 'How to Note' for Donors

Even in stable democracies broad-based, inclusive policy ownership is rare. It is even more unlikely in country contexts that are more institutionally and socially complex and experiencing rapid economic and social change. With an aid effectiveness agenda that promotes ownership and accountability in partner countries this means looking critically at how 'ownership' is constructed in the policy process and the role of donors in support. 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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Pleasure and Empowerment: Connections and disconnections

Features cutting-edge research on women's empowerment from a highly critical angle as a key entry point in the process of rethinking of human development. More details

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Mobilization through Litigation: Claiming Health Rights on Asbestos Issues in South Africa

Debates over social movements have suffered from a predominate focus on North America and western Europe, often neglecting the significance of collective action in the global South. Citizenship and Social Movements seeks to partially redress this imbalance with case studies from Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Mexico, South Africa and Nigeria. More details

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The Puff Adder, the Fire, the Spear, the Peace

Reporting from the Peace Gathering that took place in Maikona, Chalbi District in Kenya in July 2009, this publication documents the discussions held between the Borana and Gabra communities from Ethiopia and Kenya around peace, and how to maintain it. More details

Non-IDS publication

Choosing words with care: Shifting meanings of women's empowerment in international development

Women’s empowerment’ is a fuzzy concept as used by international development organisations. Historical textual analysis and interviews with officials in development agencies reveal its adaptability and capacity to carry multiple meanings that variously wax and wane in their discursive influence. More details

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Collecting Stories of Empowerment

A framework document for the DAC POVNET Task Team on Empowerment. More details

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