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Internal News - 23 March 2007

Project launched as part of a new ESRC programme

An ESRC research project by a University of Bath researcher looking at how organisations of the unemployed in Argentina have contributed to poverty reduction and social transformation was launched at an event in London this week.

The £5 million ESRC Non-Governmental Public Action Research Programme (NGPA) aims to better understand the impact that the activities of non-governmental organisations have on reducing poverty and exclusion, and in bringing about social change.

As part of the programme, Dr Ana Cecilia Dinerstein from the Department of Social & Policy Sciences will look at three case studies to understand how collective action by Argentine organisations of the unemployed helped community development and influenced social and employment policy.

Her project is one of 31 funded through the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) programme.

Commenting on its launch, NGPA programme leader Professor Jude Howell from the Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economics, said: “Public action by and for disadvantaged people is increasingly significant at local and international levels.

“The focus of the programme takes in not just NGOs, but a broad range of formal and informal groups concerned with poverty reduction and social transformation – groups such as advocacy networks, campaigns and coalitions, trades unions, peace groups, social forums, rights-based groups, social movements and business in the community initiatives.

“This programme should enable us to better understand how the process is working and should equip governments and international organisations with the ability to better respond to the activities and aspirations of these groups.”