Participatory Approaches

26/02/2015 @ 12:28
by Dorgham Abusalim

Hello all, 

I hope this post finds you well. I'm in the process of gathering information on participatory approaches that would ensure accountability and effectiveness through engaging local communities and citizens. However, I would appreciate it very much if you can contribute to it. 

  • Justice for All (J4A), Nigeria/British Council
    The programme aims to improve the capability, accountability and responsiveness of the key organisations in the safety, security and justice sector, and supporting them to work together, alongside civil society and oversight institutions, as part of a coherent, coordinated sector.
    More information about J4A role in community and safety security can be found here.
  • Interpeace Voz de Paz, Guinea-Bissau
    Voz de Paz is the local partner of Interpeace in Guinea Bissau. The programme aims to make a tangible contribution to the consolidation of peace and stability in Guinea-Bissau, as key pre-requisites for sustainable post-conflict development. Given the difficult background the area suffered from, Interpeace and Voz de Paz build activities around addressing the root causes through strategies that engage a range of actors from ordinary citizens to influential actors throughout the country. 
  • Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs), Nigeria
    Community Safety Partnerships have been a measure of preventing, reducing and containing the social and environmental and intimidation, which affect people's right to live without fear from crime, and which impact upon their quality of life. Community Safety Partnerships have delivered local solutions to local problems that have been identified by local people through striking institutional and organisational coordination and implementing mechanisms the local people.
    More information here, and here.
  • Local Police Partnership Boards (LPPBs), Sierra Leone
    Established by the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) following the collapse of the country in the 1990s, LPPBs have proven themselves a transformative instrument in increasing trust, participation, and successful policing under the banner of “local needs’ policing.” This January 2015 brief by the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) summarizes lessons learned from the experience of LPPBs in the country. 
  • Small Grants Scheme, Albania
    The small grants scheme in Albania is part of the “Swedish support to the Ministry of Interior (MoI)/Albanian State Police (ASP) on Community Policing (SACP)” programme. Committees have been set up in five locations in Albania, comprising representatives from local government, regional education directorates, the police, parents’ boards, minority community representatives, Youth Councils etc. These committees can award small grants (up to the value of 5,000 Euro) to individuals, NGOs or consortiums to implement grassroots projects that improve the relationship and cooperation between young people, minority communities and the police. More information available in Victoria Walker’s blog here.

Thank you...


05/03/2015 @ 12:35
by Koenraad Van Brabant

One of the people doing very systematic research on the actual effectiveness of participatory approaches to governance, to test the assumption that greater participation leads to better governance, is John Gaventa at the Institute for Development Studies in Sussex, UK. Just google his name and a series of his publications will come up. He has also been active in the development of the 'Power Cube', a framework to more systematically pay attention to and analyse dimensions of 'power'.