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Whose terms? Observations on `development management' in an English city

Using the example of a project in Sheffield intended to promote user-involvement and participation in planning healthcare services, the author criticises the failure of the project to actually provide any forum for user-participation. The structures used ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:59

Dutch civil society at crossroads

The Netherlands have a rather large civil society. Interestingly, Dutch politicians and civil society organisations do not recognise this themselves, voicing frequent appeals for more civil society. This can be explained by the typical development of Du ...

Abstract - dwardle - 2013-11-18 13:56

Thinking about change for development practice: a case study from Oxfam GB

Development practice is informed by theories of change, but individuals and organisations may not make these explicit. Practitioners may be unaware of the extent to which strategic choices and debates are informed by disparate thinking about how history h ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 17:08

`Does the doormat influence the boot?' Critical thoughts on UK NGOs and international advocacy

Most UK development NGOs engage in advocacy work at the international level in an attempt to reduce the constraints imposed on grassroots development by global economics and the actions of the official aid agencies. Thus far, their record has been disappo ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:54

Changing the world of development research? An insight into theory and practice

Development research has been through many stages over the past few decades and during this time has experienced fluctuating appreciation by development practice. There is an increasing gap between different ways of doing development research. For some, ...

Abstract - dwardle - 2010-11-07 17:03

Domestic violence, deportation, and women's resistance: notes on managing inter-sectionality

This Practical note describes the work of the Southall Black Sisters, a group, based in London, England, which provides a variety of assistance to, mainly Asian, women who have been victims of domestic violence and abuse. The author discusses how the UK l ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:59

Treading new ground: a changing moment for citizen action in Greece

This paper looks at moments of citizen organisation to evoke an understanding of the new civic practices they bring to the fore. It argues that the Greek movement is shaped by an unprecedented number of citizens moving away from traditional, representat ...

Abstract - dwardle - 2013-11-18 13:57

Development perspectives: Views from rural Lebanon

This paper explores development issues from the perspective of two villages in rural Lebanon. Educated male villagers see themselves as initiators of development and use the same language as NGO officials. Client-patron relationships and wasta (the act of ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 17:09

The UN World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, June 1993

Two debates dominated the WCHR: whether human rights are universal or can be culture-specific, and whether respect for human rights is a factor in economic development. The author concentrates particularly on Oxfam's contribution to the Conference, organi ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:54

Thinking and acting outside the charitable food box: hunger and the right to food in rich societies

From a food-supply standpoint, the 30 member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – the world's rich club – can reasonably claim to be self-sufficient. Issues of food access are met through publicly fund ...

Abstract - dwardle - 2011-08-16 09:32