The Participate initiative is a global network of participatory research organisations.  It works to ensure that marginalised people have a central role in holding decision-makers to account, from local to global levels.

Inclusive governance, which enables meaningful engagement of the most marginalised groups, is central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Building on our previous work, Participate has recently launched a new programme on Building Sustainable Inclusion.  Funded by the British Academy, over the past 18 months this latest phase of Participate explored how different dimensions of identity (spatial, economic, physical or attitudinal) can intersect to exacerbate poverty and discrimination.

Our partners worked with denotified tribes in India, people living with HIV/Aids in Egypt, landless women in Ghana, people living with extreme violence in South Africa and people with disabilities and HIV/Aids in Uganda. As well generating knowledge on how intersecting inequalities prevent positive change, this research is learning how more accountable relationships can be built between extremely marginalised communities and duty bearers.

Participate aims to:

  • Bring perspectives of those in poverty into decision-making processes
  • Embed participatory research in global policy-making
  • Use research with the poorest as the basis for advocacy with decision-makers
  • Ensure that marginalised people have a central role in holding decision-makers to account throughout the life of the SDGs
  • Generate knowledge, understanding and relationships for the global public good

NEW film: why understanding intersecting inequalities vital to achieving SDGs

Our most recent short film showcases why it’s so important to understand the impact of intersecting inequalities on people’s lives and the relevance of this for achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With reflections from partners in Egypt, Ghana, India, South Africa and Uganda, the film reflects on what it takes to help people overcome the intersecting inequalities that criss-cross their lives and hold the powerful to account. It provides a snapshot to the key findings of our participatory research programme. The film was launched last week, on the British Academy’s Sustainable Development Programme final conference. Share widely!

Perception data as a metric of well-being – High Level Political Forum (HLPF) side event (UNICEF)

This HLPF lunchtime side event will take place on Thursday 13 July 2017 at UNICEF House in New York, USA.  Jo Howard (IDS) and Tom Thomas (PRAXIS) will presenting on participatory accountability work undertaken under the auspices of the Participate Initiative.  Other speakers include Mandeep O’Brien (UNICEF), Keila Gramajo Vichez (SEGEPLAN), Grasiano Nyaguse (Government of Zimbabwe) and Dilek Ozler (Unilever).

The event is being hosted by the Government of Guatemala, in partnership with UNICEF, WFP, SDG Action Campaign, Institute of Development Studies and UN Global Pulse.  Download the promotional flyer for the UNICEF-hosted event at the High Level Political Forum.