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Cape Town
2016
Ongoing


Project Lead: Dr. Joanna Wheeler
Project Manager: Nabeel Petersen
Funders & Partners: DFID, USAID, Sida, and the Omidyar Network (ON)


In November 2015, SLF joined the Making All Voices Count (MAVC) initiative. MAVC is an international programme – coordinated through the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University – that aims to change the relationship between citizens and their governments. Over the next 18 months, our team will be undertaking a multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary exploration of technologically-enabled research and community/policy engagement processes that we have pioneered over the last five years.

In-depth retrospective and real-time action research will incorporate all four key thematic areas of SLF’s work, through a series of case studies, including: i. The socio-ecological regeneration case will instigate a dialogue between bush doctors from informal settlements and conservation officials on the use of public space for planting and harvesting; ii. The health case will focus on community health workers working for NGOs within government health facilities and/or clinic boards; iii. The retrospective informal economy case will investigate how in-depth research with township informal business owners can be effectively represented for government planners and policy-makers using various kinds of technology at engagement events and; iv. The retrospective gender-based violence study in which we will review our previous partnerships with local activists and policy makers to understand what happened to the proposed and then abandoned National Strategic Plan against sexual and gender based violence.

Facilitated dialogues and a story telling approach will enable bush doctors from informal settlements and conservation officials to share their experiences and opinions on the future use of public space for planting and harvesting traditional medicines. Collective engagement with community health workers and the City Health department will use an array of visual participatory methods to examine intersections between NGO services and government health facilities. An informal economy case study will investigate how in-depth research with township informal business owners can be effectively represented for government planners and policy-makers. Cross-cutting analysis of these diverse case studies will shed light on the conditions necessary for participatory knowledge processes to use technology effectively to increase government responsiveness.

The digital story developed by one of the participants of the real-time socio-ecological regeneration case study can be viewed here.