Partners and Researchers

Who does the Citizenship DRC work with?

The Citizenship DRC evolved into a network of seven institutional partners in the UK, Angola, Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nigeria and South Africa, with associate researchers from Mexico, Jamaica, Kenya, Canada, and Argentina, and collaborators from many more countries. The partners today continue to work on the core themes of the Citizenship DRC.

Coordination team


Acção Para O Desenvolvimento Rural E Ambiental (ADRA - Angola)

ADRA, standing for Action for Rural Development and Environment, was founded in 1990, after political changes in the country allowing for a multiparty system and the existence of independent civic associations. Its main objective is the empowerment of rural communities and their greater integration in the life of the country.



The BRAC Development Institute (BDI - Bangladesh)

BRAC Development Institute (BDI), housed at BRAC University, seeks to promote research and build knowledge on practical solutions to problems of the poor in the global South. It takes as its starting point the hugely successful and massively scaled up development interventions of BRAC, Grameen Bank, Gonoshasthaya Kendra, and many others in immunization, oral rehydration therapy, family planning, health awareness, non-formal primary schooling, microfinance, etc.

BDI intends to build knowledge around such exciting initiatives in the South, develop new ideas and strategies, pilot test these strategies, and furnish practitioners, policy makers and funders with important good practice lessons. More specifically, BDI will serve as a resource centre for issues surrounding poverty and the poor



Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (CEBRAP - Brazil)

CEBRAP is a non-profit multi-disciplinary research institution dedicated to the study of Brazil’s social reality and participation in political and institutional debates. It was founded in 1969 by a group of researchers, many of whom had lost their university positions under the military dictatorship.



Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA - India)

PRIA is an international centre for learning and promotion of participation and democratic governance. It is a non-profit voluntary organisation, promoting initiatives for the empowerment and development of the poor, marginalised and weaker sections of the society. Its interventions and programmes are based on the philosophy of participatory research and people centered approach.

Congratulations to Dr Rajesh Tandon, Director of PRIA, who will be granted an Honourary Doctorate by the University of Victoria in June 2008 in recognition of the many contributions that he has made to the advancement of democracy, social justice and governance in India and through out the world.


PRIA's teaching unit:

PRIA runs 3 month Certificate Courses in Distance Education. Please email for more information. Thank you.


Theatre for Development Centre of Ahmadu Bello University (TFDC - Nigeria)

The Theatre for Development Centre (TFDC) draws on over a decade of experience of using participatory theatre, and more recently video, radio and PRA, for stimulating people's participation in development. TFDC has drawn together an interdisciplinary team of researchers using participatory methodologies to explore issues of rights, citizenship and governance in several regions of Nigeria , including most recently, the Niger Delta. The results of this work have been disseminated widely, from local communities to the national media and state legislators.



Centre for Southern African Studies / School of Government of the University of the Western Cape (UWC- South Africa)

The African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (ACCEDE) was established at the School of Government in September 2007. ACCEDE plays a critical role in mobilising scholars and resources towards a constructive but critical examination of the factors and policy environments which support or inhibit the development of a more inclusive citizenship in the region and continent.



Institute of Development Studies / University of Sussex (IDS - United Kingdom)

IDS is a leading centre for research and teaching on development. It is made-up of a number of research teams working on key development issues. The Participation, Power and Social Change group carries out research, innovation and learning in citizen participation and participatory approaches to development.


DS Citizenship DRC researchers belong to different IDS research teams, including the Participation Power and Social Change Group, the Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Team, the Governance Team, the Globalisation Team, and the Knowledge, Technology and Society Team.

research associates

In this round, the Citizenship DRC has expanded its forms of collaboration to include individual research associates as well as institutional partners.


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