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Katy Oswald - Research Officer

Power and Popular Politics
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Katy Oswald is a Research Officer in the Power and Popular Politics cluster, and an affiliate of the Governance and Gender and Sexuality clusters. She is Co-Convenor of the MA in Development Studies. She also co-convenes and teaches on the Reflective Practice and Social Change module.

Her research interests include using reflective practice as a form of capacity development, the politics of accountability, and the politics of gender. She has worked in international development for over 15 years, and before joining IDS, she worked as a Social Development Advisor at the UK's Department for International Development (DFID). She holds an MPhil in Development Studies and a BsocSc in Politics and Philosophy.

A participatory action-learning and knowledge sharing programme to improve WFPs gender-mainstreaming practices.

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Making All Voices Count: A Grand Challenge for Development (MAVC) is a four-year $45 million fund to support innovation, scaling-up, and research that will deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness.

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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.

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Exploring and addressing the challenges facing capacity development to bring about change in a purposeful way

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This is the cover to IDS Bulletin 47.6, 'Engaged Excellence'.

Engaged Excellence

IDS Bulletin 47.6 (2016)

Who defines what good quality research is? How, why and who should we co-construct knowledge with? What counts as impact? How do we build enduring partnerships? The articles in this IDS Bulletin aim to answer these questions based on IDS’ approach of ‘engaged excellence’. More details


Interrogating an Engaged Excellence Approach to Research

IDS Evidence Report 214 (2016)

In recent years several debates have emerged about how to make academic research more ‘engaged’. The motivation for these debates has varied from a recognition that engagement can help increase the impact of research, to normative arguments that research needs to engage with those it seeks to help or change, and epistemological arguments that the multifaceted nature of truth necessitates the engagement of multiple perspectives. More details

This is the front cover of MAVC On Speaking, Mediation, Representation and Listening

On Speaking, Mediation, Representation and Listening

This think piece reflects on experiences, debates, assumptions, and questions about what ‘voice’ is and how it can be supported within the Making All Voices Count Framework. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Author Reflections

IDS Bulletin 43.3 (2012)

This article is made up of a few individual reflections from the authors of articles in this IDS Bulletin on why they used action research approaches and/or some of the critical issues that they see as important. More details

This is the IDS Bulletin entitled, 'People-centred M&E: Aligning Incentives So Agriculture Does More to Reduce Hunger'

People-centred M&E: Aligning Incentives So Agriculture Does More to Reduce Hunger

IDS Bulletin 41.6 (2010)

This seminal IDS Bulletin provide systematic evidence to lay open the widely shared secret among development practitioners that the cupboard of agricultural monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is bare. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Capacity Development; Gender; Participatory methodologies; Politics and Power; Unruly Politics.