‘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

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

‘Hard to reach’ or ‘easy to ignore’? Promoting Equality in Community Engagement (new video)

  Presentation by Dr Oliver Escobar of What Works Scotland and Edinburgh University in which he shares the findings of an evidence review that explores the intersection between community engagement and equality. The Evidence Review examines what is being done to overcome inequality in community engagement, focusing on evidence from Scotland and the UK. Equality … Continue reading ‘Hard to reach’ or ‘easy to ignore’? Promoting Equality in Community Engagement (new video)

The future of joined-up working and integration in Scotland: Time to concentrate on collaborative practice?

In this blog, What Works Scotland research fellow Dr Hayley Bennett outlines some key ideas from her recent presentation on collaborative practice and public service reform in Scotland. Over the past three years the What Works Scotland research team has been working diligently to initiate, nurture, and undertake collaborative research with a wide range of public and … Continue reading The future of joined-up working and integration in Scotland: Time to concentrate on collaborative practice?

Indigenous people are being displaced again – by gentrification

Soaring rents are destroying the communities Aboriginal people have painstakingly built in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. It all feels very familiar Walking into the inner-city Brisbane suburb of West End one morning, I witnessed a group of Aboriginal “parkies” being moved on from a corner of the main road. “So nothing’s really changed for blackfellas … Continue reading Indigenous people are being displaced again – by gentrification