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 settings affected by fragility, conflict, and violence, with a particular focus on Egypt, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria and Pakistan.
With the emergence of the pandemic in 2021, A4EA pivoted some of its research to explore the implications of Covid-19 for accountability and claims making – particularly in light of shrinking civic space in many countries around the world.
Download our report sharing key findings from Phase 1, ‘Empowerment and Accountability in Difficult Settings: What Are We Learning‘ by John Gaventa and Katy Oswald.
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. We are currently in the final synthesis period:
- Research Phase 2 (April 2019 – December 2020): Building on findings from the first phase, Phase 2 consists of five workstreams:
- Research Phase 1 (April 2016 – December 2018): research focused on Egypt, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria and Pakistan, and comprised 14 projects:
- Accountability for Women’s Equality
- Adaptive Programming for Empowerment and Accountability
- Alternative Expressions of Citizen Voice
- A Study of Bring Back Our Girls
- Commissions of Inquiry, Institutions and Violence Accountability in Nigeria’s Middle Belt
- Countering Sexual Harassment Collectively
- Exercising Her Right to Vote
- Governance Diaries
- Sound of One Hand Clapping: Holding Economics Actors to Account
- Strengthening CSO Legitimacy
- Taking Scale into Account
- Unruly Politics
- Women’s Collective Action for Political Expression
- World Bank Citizen Engagement Assessments
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 the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (Kenya).
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