Whakapono: End child poverty in Maori whanau (a preliminary report)

About Child Poverty Action Group Child Poverty Action Group (Inc) (CPAG) is a non-profit group formed in 1994, and made up of academics, activists, practitioners and supporters. CPAG has a strong education and research role which enables it to contribute to better informed social policy to support children in Aotearoa New Zealand, specifically children who … Continue reading Whakapono: End child poverty in Maori whanau (a preliminary report)

‘A woman’s place…’: community-based approaches to gender-based violence in Malawi

One in five women has experienced gender-based violence (GBV) in Malawi and its incidence is reported to be increasing. The importance of cultural norms, practices, discourses and behaviours in both driving and addressing such violence is now well recognized. So too is the attendant need to involve men as well as women in community interventions … Continue reading ‘A woman’s place…’: community-based approaches to gender-based violence in Malawi

Social isolation and older men – learning from research

Due to an increase in life expectancy and other demographic factors, there is now a larger number of older men and women in our society. At the same time, loneliness and social isolation are increasing. This article draws upon a research project undertaken in 2014 to explore existing services for socially isolated older men in … Continue reading Social isolation and older men – learning from research

Community: a powerful label? Connecting wind energy to rural Ireland

Much of the research on the social sustainability of renewable technologies has focused on local acceptance issues, community benefits from exogenous developments, and matters related to the planning and development process. Grassroots-initiated wind energy schemes as a form of rural enterprise have received less attention, especially in the Irish context. Using a case study approach, … Continue reading Community: a powerful label? Connecting wind energy to rural Ireland

Learning through participation: towards defining adult learning in an African rural village context

This article analyses the studies of adult learning in Africa, where they exist, often draw uncritically on Western theoretical and methodological frameworks such as andragogy, experiential learning, and transformative learning. These frameworks are informed by individualistic conceptions of learners and learning, shaped by industrial and postindustrial political economy, liberal democratic politics and consumerist culture. Such … Continue reading Learning through participation: towards defining adult learning in an African rural village context

Small group discussion to promote reflection and social change: A case study of a Half the Sky intervention in India

An important sub-discipline within the field of Communication and Social Change addresses how meaningful participation can be practically implemented. This article presents the case of an intervention developed by the NGO ‘Half the Sky Movement’ and reflects upon how participation took shape within a primarily top-down program model. The design of the project bridges traditional, … Continue reading Small group discussion to promote reflection and social change: A case study of a Half the Sky intervention in India