Erika Lopez Franco - Research Officer
Erika conducts research and advocacy for the meaningful participation of vulnerable groups using a rights-based approach and a power analysis lens. After five years of work in the field of participation, Erika has a particular interest in exploring the meanings and pathways of accountability for the poorest and most marginalised.
This work takes place in the the contexts of increased inequality, resource exploitation, environmental damage, participation fatigue, the growth of ICTs and other digital technologies, and increased decentralisation. She asks what are the drivers, incentives, motivations and avenues that people are finding and creating to hold powerful public, private, formal and informal actors to account?
During her time at IDS, Erika has worked in a number of programmes. Within the Participate initiative she supported network members on methodological design and innovation and the implementation of research processes. She also took part in the meta-synthesis of the findings for a diverse range publications that were generated by the research. As part of the Valuing Volunteering project, she was involved in the learning and reflection process with VSO staff along with providing methodological guidance and support for the field-researchers.
Currently, Erika is the IDS lead of the learning component of the Citizen Engagement Programme (CEP) in Mozambique. Here she has conducted an Action Learning case study on citizenship building for accountability, has advised on the design of a learning system for actors from the district to the national level and also provides support to the programme’s advocacy strategies. Finally, Erika coordinates a research, learning and practice collaboration with Swiss Development Cooperation on Poverty, Politics and Power.
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
Representation and Inclusion in School Councils in MozambiqueIDS Research Report 84 (2018)
This study was conducted as part of the Citizen Engagement Programme (Programa Cidadania e Participação (CEP)) in Mozambique – an empowerment and social accountability initiative to improve the quality of education and health services by increasing citizens’ influence on the management of schools and health units, the formulation of education and health policies, and the provision of education and health services. More details
Participatory Accountability for the SDGs: Beyond Social Accountability
People who are most marginalised need to participate in the monitoring and accountability of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if the ‘leave no-one behind’ ambition is to be met. Participatory accountability is necessary for their realities to be understood and for their voices to be heard. More details
Using Knowledge from the Margins to Meet the SDGs: The Real Data RevolutionParticipate Policy Briefing 3 (2017)
As efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) gain momentum, we need to consider the inclusiveness of the data revolution. Knowledge from people living on the margins of society needs to be recognized, valued and embedded in the data to make visible the complex realities of their lives. More details
Participatory Monitoring and Accountability and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Learning Report of the Participate Network
Accountability describes the rights and responsibilities that exist between people and the institutions that affect their lives, including government, civil society and the private sector. This report is intended as a learning document, both to record key lessons and important insights from Participate’s Participatory Monitoring and Accountability for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) work, and to prompt and encourage future learning and inquiry for organisations working for transformation and social justice. More details
Shaking Accountability in Mexico12 Oct 2017
By Erika Lopez Franco
SDGs: genuinely reflecting priorities of poorest & most marginalised?06 Jul 2017
By Jo Howard, Erika Lopez Franco
When people with disabilities drive research15 Mar 2016
By Erika Lopez Franco
Volunteering in Development: challenging the status quo17 Jun 2015
By Erika Lopez Franco
Mentions in the media
Accountability; Capacity Development; Children and Youth; Disability and Development; Governance; Participatory methodologies; Politics and Power; Social Policy; Sustainable Development Goals; Post MDGs.
Latin America and the Caribbean; Sub Saharan Africa; Bolivia; Colombia; Mexico; Mozambique; Peru; South Africa; Uganda.