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Programme

Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA)

start date
1 April 2016
end date
31 March 2021

Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) is an international research programme which explores how social and political action can contribute to empowerment and accountability in fragile, conflict, and violent settings, with a particular focus on Egypt, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Download our latest report sharing key findings from the A4EA programme, ‘Empowerment and Accountability in Difficult Settings: What Are We Learning‘ by John Gaventa and Katy Oswald.

Background

While a great deal has been written recently on approaches to empowerment and accountability, many of the lessons and approaches have been drawn from relatively stable, and democratic settings. However, an estimated two billion people currently live in countries where these conditions do not exist and their ability to live safe and fulfilling lives is affected by war, political instability and weak or repressive governments on a daily basis. By 2030, this number is estimated to roughly double, rising to almost four billion.

About the Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) programme

The A4EA programme is structured in two research phases, with a synthesis period at the end of each phase:

The programme is led by IDS and is being implemented by a consortium which also includes: the Accountability Research Center (USA), the Collective for Social Science Research (Pakistan), the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (Pakistan), Itad (UK), Oxfam (GB and Myanmar), and the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (Kenya).

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People

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Anuradha Joshi

Research Fellow

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Colin Anderson

Research Officer

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Ed Small

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Specialist

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Emilie Wilson

Communications Officer

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Jenny Edwards

Project Manager

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John Gaventa

Research Fellow and Director, Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) programme

Ali Cheema, IDEAS
Tade Aina, PASGR
Ayesha Khan, CSSR
Richard Burge, Itad
Stephanie de Chassy, Oxfam
Jo Rowlands, Oxfam

Projects

Recent work

Opinion

Why are women still excluded from public decision-making in Mozambique?

Emerging research from the IDS-led Action for Accountability and Empowerment (A4EA) research programme is finding that – when it comes to linking marginalised households with local forms of authority, in other words taking on a role of intermediation and leadership – men still dominate....

Egídio Chaimite
Lúcio Posse

26 March 2020