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Social Movements and Poverty in Peru and South Africa
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Social Movements and Poverty in Peru and South Africa

The collective action of social movements is often said to be one of the most effective strategies that the poor can use in addressing their poverty.  However, little is known about: the number, diversity and extent of such movements in particular national contexts; their overall importance in processes of and debates around poverty reduction; and the strategies they use to address the needs of their members.  Most research has focused either on individual or small sets of movements, with less attention paid to the overall significance of the movements at wider territorial and national scales.

This research addresses these themes and knowledge gaps.  To assess the overall significance of movements for poverty reduction, it identifies, maps and conducts basic analysis of movements active in Peru and South Africa.  The second phase of research addresses in more detail how and why movements adopt particular strategies in their relationships with the state, how these strategies affect the overall influence of movements on poverty reduction and how these strategies and effects vary according to the political context.This is done through a small number of comparative case studies conducted in collaboration with these movements. These movements will be selected from the initial mapping.

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This Research Programme is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) - Department for International Development (DfID) Joint Scheme.

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Our Research

Identifies, maps and conducts basic analysis of social movements active in Peru and South America. Seeks to explain how and why movements adopt particular strategies in their relationships with the state, how these strategies affect the overall influence of movements on poverty reduction and how these strategies and effects vary according to the political context.

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Publications

Publications

Information and reflections on social movements and their strategies for influencing the State and reducing poverty.

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News

Public presentations:

  • In Spring 2009 Tony Bebbington prepared a background paper on "Poverty reduction and social movements" for UNRISD. See the paper in Publications.
  • In summer 2009 the research team for Peru carried out divers seminars and presentations. See more in News & Events.
  • In Spring 2009 Tony Bebbington prepared a background paper on "Poverty reduction and social movements" for UNRISD.
  • The Latin American Center for Social Ecology (CLAES) and the partnership University of Manchester–CEPES co-organized the workshop "Relationships between civil society and governments". See more in News & Events.
  • Martin Scurrah presented a "Panorama of organizations and social movements in Peru" in the workshop organized by Broederlijk Delen to define its new program of intervention in Peru. The meeting was held in Cusco on May 11-13.

    See more in News & Events.

  • Martin Scurrah gave the presentation "Balance and challenges of social movements in Peru" in the first meeting of the National Committee for Thematic Programmes of IBIS Peru. The meeting was held in Lima on November 26th. See more in News & Events.
  • Martin Scurrah and Claudia Bielich gave a presentation to CONACAMI on November 7th in Lima. See more in News & Events.
  • Martin Scurrah gave an openning presentation at the Regional Meeting of Lutheran World Relief. He presented the work in Peru to lead a discussion about the future of aid and the challenges of the new funding scenarios. The meeting was held in Lima on October 21st.
  • Martin Scurrah participated in the Peruvian-French Seminar on “Mining: Rights, Politic Institutions and Identity in the Andes" organized by the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Perú, the French Cooperation Agency for Andean Countries and the French Institute of Andean Studies in Lima, Perú, on October 1-2. See more in News & Events.
  • Martin Scurrah and Claudia Bielich introduced the study "Mapping of Social Movements in Peru" on September 2nd at the weekly meeting of CONVEAGRO in Lima. (See the video here)

Workshops: During July and August workshops were held in South Africa and Peru to discuss the first drafts of the documents mapping social movements and movement-poverty linkages across the two countries. Workshop participants came from social movement organizations, NGOs, academia and research institutes.
In Peru an additional workshop was held to discuss the draft documents with CONVEAGRO, the national coordinator and agrarian organizations. Reports on the South Africa and Peru workshops can be found in our section News & Events.

Book launch: ‘Defendiendo derechos y promoviendo cambios: El Estado, las empresas extractivas y las comunidades locales en el Perú’ (Martin Scurrah, editor), Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, Lima, January 30th, 2008