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Community–university research partnerships in global perspectives

This book is based on a three-year international comparative study on poverty reduction and sustainability strategies . It provides evidence from twenty case studies around the world on the power and potential of community and higher education based scholars and activists working together in the co-creation of transformative knowledge. Opening with a theoretical overview of knowledge, democracy and action, the book is followed by analytical chapters providing lessons learned and capacity building, and on the theory and practice of community university research partnerships. It also includes lessons on models of evaluation, approaches to measuring the impact and an agenda for future research and policy recommendations. The book overviews the concept of engaged scholarship and then moves to focus on community-university research partnerships. It is based on a global empirical study of the role of community-university research partnerships within the context of poverty alleviation, the creation of sustainable societies and, broadly speaking, the Millennium Development Goals. The book frames the contribution of community-university research partnerships within a larger knowledge democracy framework, linking this practice to other spaces of knowledge democracy. These include the open access movement, new acceptance of the methods of community-based and participatory research and the call for cognitive justice or the need for epistemologies of the Global South. It takes a particular look at the variety of structures that have been created in the various universities and civil society research organizations to facilitate and enhance research partnerships.

Crystal Tremblay and Sarah Amyot

Brazil), while promoting environmental sustainability and inclusive public policies on integrated waste management. The project recognizes the immense potential in the work of recyclers to improve environmental health, assist in the recovery of resources and, through capacity building and participatory processes, to empower recyclers to contribute to public policy, environmental and social change. Project partners recognized that, when working individually, recyclers were forced to sell their product through middlemen who buy at very low prices and then resell to

in Knowledge, democracy and action
Mandakini Pant

them to function in public space with determination. Institutionalized gender-based inequalities and pressures disempower them. Training interventions, besides orienting them to governance procedures and programmes and imparting requisite functional skills, should also underscore the importance of gender sensitization. A gender transformative capacity-building approach would contribute towards building gender-sensitive institutions where both women- and men-elected representatives, despite their different needs, priorities and aspirations, contribute to development

in Knowledge, democracy and action
A global perspective
Nirmala Lall

exclusion, and enhanced equality. (2008, p. 6) A combination of participatory approaches referred to as mixed methods have been used strategically and effectively to combine the strengths of capacity building and knowledge mobilization in this policy-relevant project. Interviews, focus groups, surveys, photovoice, participatory video, community mapping and participatory observation (researchers participate in the work processes of the recyclers) were among the mixed-methods approach used to engage recyclers as co-researchers and participants. Capacity building focused on

in Knowledge, democracy and action
Open Access (free)
The potential and limits of EU development cooperation policy
Karin Arts and Anna K. Dickson

Karin Arts and Anna K. Dickson to maximise the impact of development policy by identifying priorities for action and concentrating Community action in a limited number of spheres in which the Community provides value added. The principal aim of development policy is now to reduce, and eventually to eliminate, poverty and to this end there will be new emphasis on pro-poor policies. The Council, Parliament and Commission have agreed to focus on six main areas: trade, regional cooperation, macroeconomic support, transport, food security and capacity building, especially

in EU development cooperation
Science shops and policy development
Eileen Martin, Emma McKenna, Henk Mulder and Norbert Steinhaus

and 2005, Dutch science shops utilized key policy drivers, around renewal of higher education and capacity building on environmental issues, to make the case to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to fund a network of science shops focused on environmental issues in Romania. The resulting InterMEDIU centres at universities were seen as important steps in the renewal of higher education, and instrumental in capacity building to tackle environmental issues with domestic resources. As science shops gained momentum through international networking and national

in Knowledge, democracy and action
Open Access (free)
Looking forward
Shirin M. Rai

mapped and used by national machineries. Challenges for the future In conclusion, the most pressing issue for national machineries is how to create an enabling environment. Capacity building of these machineries in times of economic and political restructuring of the state is difficult, but imperative (see Goetz and Kwesiga, chapters 3 and 10 of this volume). Second, there needs to be acknowledgement of the political process that is crucial to gender mainstreaming. Here it is important to consider the point made by Goetz in chapter 3: ‘The “lack of political will

in Mainstreaming gender, democratizing the state?
Open Access (free)
Iain Lindsey, Tess Kay, Ruth Jeanes and Davies Banda

university-credit-bearing Continuous Professional Development Certificate in Theory and Practice of Project Design and Performance Measurement Skills for local SfD and other NGOs; first course was delivered in Lusaka in June 2013 Study 10 Spring 2013, Lusaka End-of-project evaluation of capacity building of Go

in Localizing global sport for development
The PRIA experience
Mandakini Pant

enabled to make strategic life choices. • Adult education, as a tool for information dissemination, awareness raising, capacity building and translation of skills into practice, assumes significance to strengthen public leadership roles. The scope moves beyond training in specific knowledge and skills to empowerment, so that marginalized communities gain confidence, esteem and become aware of innate and acquired capacities and capabilities. • The education and training programmes for enhancing leadership skills of marginalized communities focused on cognitive change

in Knowledge, democracy and action
Dave Morland

to as the ‘long-term process of autonomous capacity building’. The principle of acting for yourself has long been treasured by social anarchists and was the message enunciated by Kropotkin in his article ‘Act for yourselves’ in Freedom in 1887 (Kropotkin, 1988). To the extent that local communities and movements mobilise against capital and globalisation, for instance, such actions are a clear reinforcement of this anarchist principle. In this form, resistance resides at the core of new social movements’ strategies. It occurs at multiple levels, assumes many

in Changing anarchism