Does Grassroots Activism Work? Two new collections of case studies

NGOs talk a lot about empowerment, voice, agency, grassroots mobilisation etc but it sometimes sounds a little woolly and you can’t help wondering if it actually amounts to much more than talk. Still those doubts. Two new collections of case studies, from the Institute of Development Studies and Oxfam, provide a gold mine of real life examples.

Building Responsive States: Citizen Action and National Policy Change, a new publication from the Institute for Development Studies pulls together eight case studies of long term change brought about by citizen action, including several I used for the book. They include winning women’s rights in Morocco and Turkey, land reform in the Philippines, urban reform in Brazil, South Africa’s Treatment Action Campaign and reducing maternal mortality in Mexico. Each case study has a summary and a full paper.

Oxfam’s new ‘Programme Insights’ series, called ‘Speaking Out’, pulls together case studies on everything from grassroots anti-corruption campaigns to community participation in local budget setting in Georgia, women and labour rights in Honduras, fostering local accountability in Malawi and even how poor people in the UK are organizing to influence government policy. Plus further studies from Guatemala, Peru, India and Indonesia, and one global initiative – the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP).

Go on, have a browse…..

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One Response to “Does Grassroots Activism Work? Two new collections of case studies”
  1. Gabe Garcia

    Bold and insightful post; The authors clarity on the issue of grassroots political activismand the truth it brings to bear on the prospects for the future give us all reason for hope. The question is: Are people ready to hear the good news yet? I for one AM!

    Kudos again to Duncan.