Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability

The Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability (Citizenship DRC) was sponsored by the UK Department for International Development to explore issues of fundamental importance to development thinking, policy and practice.

Its focus was to explore approaches that work to strengthen rights and meaningful citizenship for poor people.

While anchored by researchers at IDS, the Citizenship DRC involved four IDS research teams and six regional partners in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Mexico, Nigeria and South Africa, and with links to related work in the global North supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.

The programme’s ways of working emphasised mutual learning and networking among partners, communication of results and policy influencing activities.

All outputs from this major ten-year-long programme can be found on the Citizenship, Participation and Accountability website and on OpenDocs.

Recent work

Working Paper

Brazilian Experiences of Participation and Citizenship: A Critical Look

IDS discussion papers;389

Brazil's emergence from two decades of military dictatorship in the mid-1980s gave rise to a flowering of democratic innovation.

1 January 2008

Working Paper

Deliberating Democracy: Scenes from a Brazilian Municipal Health Council

Brazil's participatory policy councils may have gained less international attention than Participatory Budgeting.

1 November 2007