Deepening democracy in extremely politically fragile countries: networking for historical, cultural and arts research on Parliaments and people

Lead Research Organisation: School of Oriental & African Studies
Department Name: Anthropology and Sociology

Abstract

The challenges for democracy across the globe are chronic, intensifying and urgent. The prospects for greater stability, and meeting the SDGs on inclusive institutions and global partnership, are remote unless ways are found of working towards what Appadurai calls 'deep democracy': local activism by NGOs and movements combined with global networks working in partnership with states. Our networking will link researchers interested in Parliaments and public engagement. The priority will be to support the development of national capacity to study democracy in extremely politically fragile states with a focus on Ethiopia and Myanmar. We will partner with Forum for Social Studies (Addis) and Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (Yangon) to enable research capacity development by: networking and training; allocation of small, medium and large grants to researchers; mentoring in research methods and dissemination; facilitation of learning between grantees and support in advocacy; stimulating debate; and fostering multi-disciplinary co-operation. National researchers will be given support and opportunities to undertake high quality research on the links between Parliament and the People and collaborate with arts organisations.

This three year project will enable scholarly innovation through: (a) The study of politics in fragile countries has been dominated by development studies and political science. This research will create opportunities for scholarship in arts and humanities disciplines, including anthropology, political and social history, and cultural studies (especially gender and sexuality); (b) While development and politics scholars, and organisations working on governance in the Global South, tend to focus on either civil society/citizens or elite institutions, this research network will address the relationship between them; (c) Although researchers from the UK and India will manage the project, national researchers permanently based in 'extremely politically fragile' countries will do research and influence policy-makers. We have drafted research themes with partners:

1. Culture of representation: How do cultural ideas about effective representation, gender equality and public engagement emerge for elected politicians and citizens within specific cultures and histories? What are citizens' (or non-citizens) and CSOs' attitudes to Parliaments (national and regional) and politicians, what difference does gender and sexuality make, and how are attitudes changing? What conversations take place between them and how are they gendered through language, performance and ritual? How and why does trust increase or decrease between politicians and people? What is the potential for combining representative and participatory democracy, what incentives can be created and what change is realistic?
2. History of exclusion and instability: In what circumstances has representation historically contributed to gender equality, the promotion of the rights of excluded groups, as well as stronger trust, peace and stability? Do women and men imagine the future differently and how is this shaped by their histories? What role does gender (including masculinity) have in political performance, violence and interaction? How do inequalities, rituals, language, self-confidence and claims of authority include or exclude people?
3. Imagining deeper democracy through media and the arts: How can national and regional Parliaments respond to people, improve outreach and enhance the relationships between politicians and the public? How can decentralization and the power dynamics between national and regional legislatures work more effectively? How can arts disciplines or creative industries (art, photography, media, social media, theatre) evoke emotions to transform relationships and influence politics in democracies? How can we measure these changes? What is unique to particular locations and what generalisation can be found across them?

Planned Impact

Our rationale emerges out of a crisis in democracy. The most direct beneficiaries of our research will be scholars in extremely politically fragile states, with a focus on Myanmar and Ethiopia and a lesser focus on neighbouring fragile states. They will be supported to undertake historical, ethnographic, cultural (especially on gender and sexuality) research and to work with arts organisations to investigate through arts methodologies and/or amplify their impact and challenge the dominance of political science. In countries with limits on freedom of speech and the media, scholars and arts organisations can play an especially important role in political scrutiny. It will be the relationship between the public and both their elected representatives but also the institution of Parliament that will ultimately benefit most profoundly from this research. We are addressing their need for deeper democracy, enabling scholars to invite Parliamentarians to reconsider how to engage with people when fulfilling their role as representatives of groups with diverse and conflicting needs, demands and interests. Public engagement that builds trust, peace and stability can only be fathomed and reimagined with a sense of historical and cultural significance.

Institutional development will benefit the project partners in Myanmar and Ethiopia and they will enhance their capacity to enable other organisations and researchers to develop their skills, knowledge, networks and potential for impact. We will promote equal opportunities to ensure that researchers who often face discrimination (on grounds of gender, youth, ethnicity, or distance from the capitals and other urban centres) are encouraged to join the network and given support to do high quality research.

The key audiences for our project will be scholars globally, Parliaments and CSOs in fragile countries, international bodies and research organisations. Sustainable impact hinges on world-class scholars and partners, carefully designed processes to ensure quality, and excellent connections. In what is being called our 'post-truth' world, but might be more accurately described as a crisis of knowledge, international organisations increasingly recognise the value of high quality research by scholars in Asia and Africa. An important part of this project will be to create and consolidate links between research and practice; across social science, humanities and arts disciplines; and within and between the worlds of development, arts and politics. This will increase researchers' potential for access to politicians and political institutions, influence over policy-makers and further support after the end of the project.

The activities of this proposal to AHRC are based on SOAS/Hansard Society tried-and-tested, successful strategies of creating incentives, providing support, recognising national intellectual property rights and maintaining intense and respectful communication with national researchers in shallow democracies (Hansard 2017a). Although this scheme allows scope for developing relationships, we will be able to hit the ground running due to our existing and trusted links with Parliaments, researchers and NGOs in politically fragile states and academics, donors, parliamentary strengthening and governance NGOs/experts working on Parliaments across the world. Impact will be sustainable because we will have not only created opportunities for institutes, NGOs and individual researchers, but supported them in writing proposals, research methods and dissemination as well as through membership of a newly-established Global Research Network in Parliaments and People, thereby ensuring that they will be in a position to secure further support for their research and advocacy in the future. By using online technology for communicating across the network, we will nurture existing, and establish new, enduring connections between researchers and their supporters.
 
Title 'Voices and collusions' performance art depicting political power, representation, and contestation in Ethiopia, by Kassahun Berhanu's team with Dr Elizabeth Wolde Giorgis 
Description 'Voices and Collusions' is performance art aimed at engaging audiences with themes connected to political power, representation, and contestation in contemporary Ethiopia, arising out of research-based artistic collaborations by the P4P Grant team led by Kassahun Berhanu in partnership with Dr Elizabeth Wolde Giorgis. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The performance art is generating engagement amongst students and faculty at Addis Ababa University, encouraging them to think about the role of arts in communicating research and contributing to advocacy for more inclusive democracy. 
 
Title 11 cartoons (printed on canvas) depicting women's involvement in politics in Mon, Kayin, and Tanintharyi parliaments (Myanmar), by Cherry Soe Mon and Min Arkar Htet, Jeepyah Civil Society Development Organisation 
Description The illustrations were created through the collaborative efforts of the principal investigator and an artist (formerly a doctor), based on their joint immersion in a research project that listened to and gathered information, experiences and narratives of women MPs in Mon, Kayin and Tanintharyi (Myanmar) about their journey into politics, and the barriers they continue to face in these position. Cherry Soe and Min Arkar Htet explain: "The illustrations were designed to capture the experiences and stories we heard from 12 women MPs in a way that anybody could understand. The point is to convey barriers they faced, or how they feel women contribute to parliaments. The goal was to reach people in a different way than simply talking, or training them." The cartoons were printed on large, high-quality, durable canvas - allowing them to be easily transported and shown to general members of the public, civil society actors, parliamentarians, in Mawlamyine, Mon state for the purpose of communicating with these audiences about a topical issue in a unique way that has previously not been seen in Mon state. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Reflecting on the impact of the artwork, a member of the JCSDO team notes: "Seeing the artwork got community level women thinking about women who were already involved in politics, understanding that it is possible to be different.The artworks themselves turned out beautifully, and we will be able to use them many times in the future to convey these similar messages. It is not often we include in our budget to create such high-quality advocacy tools." 
URL https://parliaments4people.com/project/jcsdo/
 
Title Ahnu Thutaythana Exhibition in Yangon, Myanmar, by EMReF and GRNPP 
Description The Exhibition developed out of the partnerships forged between P4P researchers, and artists, across Myanmar during a workshop in mid-2019, which saw them connect, collaborate and co-produce research-based artwork on themes of democracy, political relationships, representation, engagement and exclusion. These were showcased at the exhibition as part of the 'Reducing inequalities in public engagement in Myanmar' project co-led by GRNPP and EMReF, generating public access, engagement, reflection, and support for research-based artwork as a medium for communication, dissemination, and advocacy. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The exhibition generated widespread public access, engagement, reflection, and support for research-based artwork as a medium for communication, dissemination, and advocacy. This was all the more poignant given it was held over four days at the Secretariat, in Yangon, Myanmar; the former seat of national politics in the country. 
 
Title Artwork depicting the long journey women still have to make to become political representatives in Myanmar, via the research-based creative collaboration between Nu Nu Hlaing of Tavoyan Womens Union, and artist Min Arkar Htet 
Description Cartoon illustrations developed to depict the realities of women trying to actively participate in politics by becoming politicians, and the challenges they face even when they assume that position. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact More than 500 visitors to an exhibition that included the research-based artwork reflected on, discussed, and were given greater awareness of the continuing challenges that face women entering politics in Myanmar. 
URL https://www.emref.org/en/multimedia
 
Title Artwork produced to illustrate the challenges of democratisation in Kachin and Northern Shan state and freedom of expression in relation to internationally displaced people, a research-based creative collaboration between Danseng Lawn and Cecilia Ja Seng 
Description Researcher Danseng Lawn and artist Cecilia Ja Seng formed a creative collaboration to illustrate and depict the challenges of democratisation and the issue of freedom of expression in three pieces of art, in an effort to help generate awareness, prompt discussion, and impact policy changes.The artwork was displayed at the Ahnu Thutaythana Festival and Exhibition in Yangon. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The artwork generated discussion, reflection, and attitudinal changes amongst a variety of visitors - politicians, general public, youth, religious leaders, Myanmar and international CSOs and NGOs, students, researchers and artists - numbering more than 500 in total, about issues relating to freedom of expression about IDPs and the challenges facing democratisation in Kachin state. 
URL https://www.emref.org/en/multimedia
 
Title Audit of Political Engagement - documentary film charting the 'making of' the APE research project 
Description A sub-titled short documentary film produced by EMREF to tell how important measuring political engagment of the public and how the APE research was conducted to the public 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Communicated to a wide audience the value of the audit of political engagement 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SmEi5Nzaq8
 
Title Audit of Political Engagement Myanmar (2019) : A Health-check for Myanmar's Democracy 
Description An animation video with Burmese and English narration highlighting the main findings of the EMREF led APE research project on public attitudes to democracy, and particularly the state/region parliaments in Myanmar. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Communicated the results of the APE project to Burmese and International audiences 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGfFdUWj6NY
 
Title Audit of Political Engagement in Myanmar (2019) 
Description A subtitled documentary of 10-15 minutes was produced in order to tell the 'story' of public attitudes to democracy, and to help strengthen state/region parliaments in Myanmar, based on the research findings of the P4P Grant project led by Myat The Thitsar of Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (EMReF) with Ruth Fox of the Hansard Society, in partnership with state and regional research teams across Myanmar. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The video has been effective in creating comparative understanding of political engagement across Myanmar across a variety of stakeholders, including national, regional and state parliaments. Dissemination and advocacy for more inclusive democracy will continue. 
 
Title BRIDGE project video - enhancing parliamentarian-public communication 
Description A 20 minute video summarising the P4P supported project as it worked through a process of consultation with (student) citizens about challenges and aspirations in communicating with their elected representatives in Ethiopia; development of a Web-based app as a mechanism for bridging communication between parliamentarians and their constituents; and trialling of the app by selected members of the House of People's Representatives. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The video is being utilised to communicate how the communications distance between people and their elected representatives might effectively be bridged, with the purpose of inspiring more parliamentarians and citizens to engage with this interfacing mechanism, and possibly inspiring research teams elsewhere to adopt a similar model of consultation, research, product development, trial and use. 
 
Title Cartoon illustrations depicting challenges to political representation and participation in Chin state, Myanmar 
Description 5 comic illustrations depicting challenges to political representation and participation in Chin state, Myanmar; developed via a creative collaboration between P4P Grant research team at Chinbridge Institute and artists Cecilia Ja Seng and Rung Cin Thang, in order to render research findings visually accessible, and prompt awareness and discussion about issues affecting effective governance and Chin politics across a variety of stakeholders. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact More than 500 people - ranging across politicians, general public, national and international CSOs and NGOs, children, and researchers and artists - visited an exhibition at which the research-based artwork depicting the state of political representation, engagement and participation in Chin state, Myanmar was displayed, and were prompted to learn, reflect on, and discuss regional political realities, as well as the integration of arts and research in advocating for sociopolitical change. 
URL https://www.emref.org/en/multimedia
 
Title Comparative Research on Sub-national Parliaments Workshop Video Documentary, by Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation 
Description The video was produced to help disseminate the utility of bringing together multiple stakeholders - comprising researchers, civil society organisations, artists - interested in the study of the relationship between people and parliaments, and how integrating arts and humanities approaches can strengthen such research and provide a collaborative platform for advocacy for deeper democratic change in Myanmar. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The video and the workshop on which it was based, has yielded collaborative research involving the arts and humanities on political engagement in Myanmar across six states and regions. 
URL https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=257363604972369
 
Title Documentary on parliamentary performance in Myanmar (2015-19) 
Description A subtitled documentary summarising key findings of the P4P Grant project led by Myat The Thitsar analysing parliamentary performance in Myanmar, 2015-2019, and providing an overview of the launch of the report. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The documentary has been instrumental in communicating key aspects of parliamentary performance to a wide Myanmar audience, and help build deeper political awareness of the roles, capabilities, and barriers to parliamentary effectiveness and engagement. 
 
Title Documentary on the Rohingya, by Nasir Uddin 
Description A film on the Rohingya drawing out their experiences, and policies and attitudes towards them, based on research by Nasir Uddin 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The film is openly available on YouTube and has been viewed 357 times, allowing people to engage with the topic of the Rohingya experience and generate reflections and discussion. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Baj9mr4a1A
 
Title Exhibition on unheard voices in the contestation over political representation in contemporary Ethiopia, by Kassahun Berhanu and team 
Description An exhibition comprising 2 paintings, 2 performance art pieces, and 3 short videos is open between January and February 2020, around the themes of political power, representation, and protest in contemporary Ethiopia. An integral part of the P4P Grant project led by Kassahun Berhanu, the exhibition is the outcome of collaborative partnerships between artists and social scientists and has been curated by the Director of the Gebre Kirstos Desta Creative Arts Centre, in Addis Ababa. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Team members observe that "The art component of the project was one of the first of its kind - it brought closer collaboration between artists and social scientists. Its impact is the realisation about the need to work together. The exhibition is displayed in the grounds of the Addis Ababa University and will be visited by a large number of students, who we expect will develop a good appreciation about the role of arts in politics." 
 
Title Film about Rohingya struggle for existence, by Nasir Uddin 
Description A film exploring the struggle for existence amongst Rohingya, based on anthropological research by Nasir Uddin 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The film has been viewed more than 300 times on YouTube, generating reflection and discussion on the topic of the Rohingya. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMTVYfX6yLs
 
Title Film about challenges to deeper democracy in Ethiopia, by Arsema Worku Tiduneh, in collaboration with researchers Deribe Assefa, Kassa Teshager, Terefe Zeleke 
Description P4P project researchers examining how political actors can contribute to deeper democracy in Ethiopia entered into a creative collaboration to produce a film about the challenges to democracy, which is being used to raise awareness and advocate for meaningful and positive change through a variety of engagement activities. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The film depicting the challenges to deeper democracy in Ethiopia is generating reflections, and discussion, about mechanisms and modes of empowering political actors to be part of positive political change. 
 
Title Freedom of Expression in Myanmar Vox-Pop, Ma Thida, PEN Myanmar 
Description PEN Myanmar conducted interviews with people in Yangon on Freedom of Expression - what it means to them and how it affects their lived social experience. Respondents ranged in age, gender (including non-binary people), ethnicity, and profession. The resulting interviews were produced as vox-pops, and the resulting video was shown at the Pursuing Arts in Research (PAIR/Ahnu Thutaythana) Festival in Yangon between 30 November and 3 December 2019, to an audience of a few hundred people. 350 DVD copies are also being produced for distribution by civil society organisations across Myanmar interested in engaging the general public as well as Parliamentarians and policy-makers on the critical issue of freedom of expression in the fragile democracy of Myanmar. The video is also reaching people, and generating engagement and views on social media, particularly on Facebook, with a view to changing people's understanding and encouraging them to reflect on the content of their speech acts towards marginalised others. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The 'Freedom of Expression' video engages with a topical issue affecting the lives and experiences of many people in Myanmar, and its reception at the 'Pursuing Arts in Research' Festival in Yangon generated discussion and reflection amongst the participants about the kinds of freedoms that they regard as critical to Myanmar's democratic transition. The video is also expected to achieve impact by influencing policy-makers, as it will be shown and distributed via DVD at meetings, workshops and other events in the course of 2020. 
URL https://parliaments4people.com/coalitions/ripe
 
Title Graphically animated report with illustrations on local governance in Mandalay, Myanmar, by Pyae Sone Aung, Sitt Moe Aung, Ye Htet Thu 
Description P4P Grantees Yone Kyi Yar collaborated with an artist and graphic designer to turn their research on local governance in a township in Mandalay into a report that also included illustrations and graphics, in order to make their findings more engaging and accessible to a wide range of stakeholders, and as a mechanism for reaching people's hearts as well as their minds. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact MPs, citizens and advocacy groups in and around Mandalay have engaged with Yone Kyi Yar's illustrated report on local governance, and its deficits, in a manner that has helped them get beyond technical jargon and political speak, and generate discussion at a more human level that focuses on relationships between people and their political representatives. 
 
Title Hate Speech in Myanmar vox-pop, Ma Thida, PEN Myanmar 
Description The PEN Myanmar team produced a video on Hate Speech in Myanmar in order to generate awareness of the kinds of speech acts that can be construed as hateful and dangerous, and who they tend to be targeted at. The video comprises vox-pops - interviews with people in Yangon ranging in age, gender, religion and ethnicity and profession - and seeks to establish the protocols for tolerant and inclusive speech acts that can help ensure peace in Myanmar. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The creative approach to the sensitive topic of hate speech in the fragile sociopolitical landscape of Myanmar proved to be challenging to make, due to lack of awareness of what counts as hate speech, and in that very challenge lay its impact - specifically, to call attention to speech acts that people do not recognise as hateful towards others but which are felt and experienced as hateful, and which therefore contribute to people's sense of exclusion in Myanmar based on their ethnicity, religion, and gender among other things. Shown at the 'Pursuing Arts in Research' Festival in Yangon, 30 November to 3 December 2019, the video encountered gasps from the audience, and generated discussion and reflection. The video is also being shown to Parliamentarians in the lead up to the 2020 general election, in order to advocate for policies that are inclusive of all people in the country.The video is also reaching people, and generating engagement and views on social media, particularly on Facebook, with a view to changing people's understanding and encouraging them to reflect on the content of their speech acts towards marginalised others. 
URL https://parliaments4people.com/coalitions/ripe
 
Title MEMORY film festival trailer 
Description 2 minute trailer teasing the 2018 MEMORY Film Festival theme 'Press and Democracy', taking place in Myanmar. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Attracted a Myanmar and international MEMORY Film Festival audience 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qHKD_7LTM8
 
Title Musical theatre and Drama Performances by Inwa School 
Description Performances of a new production held at Wan Dwin village near Mandalay and Shwe Nan Daw Monastery 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact City and national political leaders were present for this performance who involved the public in critical thinking about issues relative to the democratic transition. 
 
Title Paintings on the theme of political power, representation and contestation in contemporary Ethiopia; a collaboration between Kassahun Berhanu's team and Dr Elizabeth Wolde Giorgis 
Description Three paintings on the theme of political power and its discontents in Ethiopia have been produced via a collaborative partnership between a P4P grant project team exploring unheard voices and artists. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The paintings are being exhibited in Addis Ababa and engaging audiences from the university, who are being encouraged to reflect not just on the landscape of politics in Ethiopia but on the role of arts in enabling this reflection, and being a force for positive change. 
 
Title Photo Exhibition: "Texts and images as historical artefacts in Modern Kachin Political History", by Kachinland Research Centre 
Description The exhibition comprised images from newspapers, during the period 1948-62, in order to generate awareness and understanding of media coverage of Kachin state politics and politicians, including their exclusion and inclusion in relation to national politics; as well as how the media reported on and facilitated the concept and sentiment of a shared Kachin identity, and the functioning of democracy. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The purpose of the exhibition was to draw the audience's gaze towards the past, and how media representations shaped Kachin identity and politics, and Kachin state's role and relationship within the broader national political landscape and democracy, during the parliamentary period between 1948 and 1962. The exhibition was part of a larger set of activities drawing on oral narratives and present experiences, as well as archival newspaper research, intended to help Kachin people and politicians contextualise their understanding and participation in political life and activity historically. 
 
Title Podcast on the relationship of Chin people and Parliament, by Chinbridge Institute 
Description More than 14,201 people were reached via social media dissemination of a Lai (Chin) language podcast discussing the challenges and issues facing Chin people in their relationship with their elected parliamentarians - based on research supported by a P4P grant. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The impact of the podcast was to generate regional awareness and discussion of the issues of political representation facing people in Chin state, Myanmar. 
URL https://parliaments4people.com/project/chinbridge
 
Title Review video of 2018 MEMORY Film Festival in Yangon, Myanmar 
Description Video disseminated across social media reviewing all the activities that were part of the Yangon-based 2018 MEMORY Film Festival 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Raised awareness of artistic endeavours and activities taking place in Myanmar, against the backdrop of a fragile democracy. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdLMs4nCzic
 
Title The Stage as a Shade Tree - South Omo Theatre Company 
Description Short teaser film showing the collaboration between Oli + Tes as they work to realise the performance of their play. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The film, which has so far been used mostly to promote the play and the project in general, has been seen by wide range of interested parties including academics, journalists, film + TV executives and potential funders 
URL https://vimeo.com/398476604
 
Title Traditional Myanmar performances in the classical form on the democratic ideals of tolerance, inclusiveness and equality, by Inwa School of Performing Arts 
Description Traditional Myanmar performances by travelling theatre troupes, which embed newly commissioned drama pieces on the themes on tolerance, inclusiveness and equality, and are performed for a variety of audiences - schools, monasteries, civil venues - in and around Mandalay. The purpose of the performances is to evaluate - with questionnaires designed and administered by the social research organisation Yone Kyi Yar - performing artist, audience, and Parliamentarian reactions and attitudes to democratic values, as these are as critical to meaningful democratic transition as policies. Questions asked include: defining rights and who these extend to, and identifying who is responsible for democracy and its malfunctions. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The P4P supported project team report that "the results were outstanding. At nearly every stop we drew enthralled audiences which responded well to the mixed performance and, importantly, to the drama piece on the democratic theme. We had vigorous focus discussion sessions with audiences after the performances. Audiences were intrigued by the historical references. Many said they had never seen the older dance and musical styles. At every location the troupe was invited back." Furthermore, the researchers involved in the project are finding that "the concepts underlying democracy are not new to the local people, but are frequently seen as not clearly endorsed by authorities or a right." In addition, "the plays also initiated an emotional response in the audiences and it encouraged the people to voice their feelings publicly upon equality, inclusiveness and tolerance." 
URL http://www.artsmandalay.org/inwa-troupe-tours-for-tolerance.html
 
Title Two illustrations depicting research on exclusionary relationships between Ethiopians and their parliamentarians, by Wondeson Kebede 
Description The research team examining the relationship between public engagement and parliamentary representation in Ethiopia, with specific reference to Addis Ababa, participated in a creative collaboration with the Ethiopian artist Wondeson Kebede, to illustrate their research findings for the purpose of making their research accessible and a starting point for reflection and discussion among a wide range of audiences - including parliamentarians and the public. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The artwork has generated reflection and discussion about Ethiopian people's aspiration for strengthened parliamentary representation and engagement 
 
Title Video on women's political representation in contemporary Ethiopia, led by Kassahun Berhanu's team in collaboration with Dr Elizabeth Wolde Giorgis 
Description Video on women's political exclusion, represented through the overlaying of imagery on the female body. The video aims at engaging audiences with themes connected to political power, representation, and contestation in contemporary Ethiopia, arising out of research-based artistic collaborations by the P4P Grant team led by Kassahun Berhanu in partnership with Dr Elizabeth Wolde Giorgis. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The video on women's exclusion from political representation and engagement is generating engagement amongst students and faculty at Addis Ababa University, encouraging them to think about the role of arts in communicating research and contributing to advocacy for more inclusive democracy. 
 
Title Video voxpop on people's relationship to land, public space, and how these intersect with politics in contemporary Ethiopia; led by collaboration between Kassahun Berhanu's team and Dr Elizabeth Wolde Giorgis 
Description A video in which people discuss land and public space and their intersection with political power, representation and contestation. It is aimed at engaging audiences with these themes as they apply to contemporary Ethiopia, and arises out of research-based artistic collaborations by the P4P Grant team led by Kassahun Berhanu in partnership with Dr Elizabeth Wolde Giorgis. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The video is generating engagement amongst students and faculty at Addis Ababa University, encouraging them to think about the role of arts in communicating research and contributing to advocacy for more inclusive democracy. 
 
Title White Rose 'Now I can smile' animation 
Description The animation reflects on the May 2019 violence against Muslims in Yangon and other areas in Myanmar, and the resulting so-called 'white rose campaign', which saw religious and civil society organisations, and people, offering white rose to their Muslim neighbours, friends, colleagues, strangers, in a bid to demonstrate compassion and reassure them they belong. The animation, which involves a number of ethnic and Burmese artists, "aims to show that we can live together based on mutual respect and kindness, despite our differences", states Mi Mi Mwin, one of the artists involved. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Says artist Mi Mi Lwin of the animation: "The outcome is delivering the message to viewers that peace can only take place between two communities that share love kindness and respect. It will impact viewers thinking of their communications and perceptions toward different religions in their daily lives.2 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRrBRqFgvoQ
 
Description The AHRC-GCRF Network Plus programmes provide a fabulous opportunity for UK universities to work in partnership with scholars in the global south in ways that challenge power hierarchies significantly. The grant-making element means that scholars (who are often sub-contracted to do research by other international organisations) can design their own projects. In contrast to other grant-makers, the Network Plus model might not represent good value for money as far as the investment in Global South research organisations is concerned if you take a superficial look at the numbers. For example, in our programme less than half of the total grant has been spent on 'grants' to organisations in Myanmar and Ethiopia. However, when you consider the amount transferred as partnership funding, the time invested by PI/CIs/team members to training and capacity development support for colleagues in the Global South, and the extent of learning and advocacy throughout the programme, then the value for money is impressive. When you look at the detail of what has been achieved by our grantees - in terms of both scholarship and impact on policy and practice - then value for money becomes truly outstanding. In both qualitative and quantitative terms, the achievements of this programme have already reached extraordinary proportions. Following our collaborative ethnography of process, outputs and impact, we will report key findings in more depth at the end of the project.

The key findings so far have focused mainly on partnership, methods and democracy:

1. Partnership and collaboration: we have been in dialogue with all stakeholders in our programme about how to respond to their needs, preferences and interests. Grant-making has only been a part of all our partnerships - each grant has been accompanied by tailored mentoring, training and negotiation. In each relationship we discuss what is needed and since it is not always immediately apparent to grantees and partners what PI, CIs, the SOAS team and other grantees/partners can offer, even establishing the nature of support requires careful research and on-going dialogue. In addition to the individual tailored support, we have increasingly facilitated group learning and discussion. Running writing workshops, festivals to share learning and encouraging scholars to establish their own networks have emerged in both countries. At the same time partnerships in Myanmar and Ethiopia have development differently, partly because of different kinds of political turbulence and exclusion and partly because our grantees tend to be in NGOs in the former and in universities in Ethiopia. Our guiding principle has been to think long-term, always posing the question: how can we engage in the most supportive way that all those involved can develop skills, knowledge and capacity? The best way to establish this has been to ask those we (SOAS, Enlightened Research Myanmar Foundation and Setaweet) are aiming to support rather than make assumptions about this ourselves. In both countries our partners and grantees have created networks among themselves on their own initiative to continue the processes of capacity development, learning and advocacy.

2. Methods in research and management: we have found that research is a vital part of managing partnerships, just as ethical and efficient management is an important aspect of research coalitions. We have been pioneering a form a 'collaborative ethnography' to monitor, evaluate and learn from the programme in a way that takes account of plural and diverse views. Treating this as a complex research project itself, this has involved debating between perspectives on the value of the programme within the team and with all stakeholders. We have then been feeding insights back into how we manage and prepare our findings for publications. Managing relationships within research coalitions, conversely, to enable inter-disciplinary research that promotes collaboration across NGOs/universities and both creative industries and policy-makers, has meant navigating profound differences (including languages) and inequalities with flexibility. Our methods in both research and management have demanded improvised practical judgement (as the philosopher John Dewey called it) in the causes of ethics and efficiency. Anthropology has been a good training for the team managing this programme with its focus on contextuality, relationships and communication.

3. Democracy: our programme is creating opportunities for scholars to study the relationships between politicians and people in society within their own democracies. Unsurprisingly, the findings of the research reveal an incredible diversity of both analysis and aspiration about democracy across Myanmar and Ethiopia. People's experience as politicians, activists, or citizens is profoundly affected by gender, ethnicity, age, class and proximity to urban centres and resources. We will report on our grantees' findings in depth at the end of the project. But we are also inquiring into democratic processes within our programme, raising questions about the most effective ways to challenge global, national and local hierarchies in academia. While tempting to make claims about decolonising international research coalitions, we are cautious for various reasons. Scholars writing about post-colonialism have been asking these questions for decades (notably Edward Said and Valentin-Yves Mudimbe) and more recently relating neo-colonialism to other structural inequalities (e.g., based on gender). The achievements of one SOAS programme can not extend beyond a tiny dent in huge, complex, global inequalities. Nonetheless, we will be in a position to share substantial learning on democratising research coalitions, as examples, and the importance of who controls research design and management; dealing with financial risk and promoting fairness in intellectual property rights; and creating equality of opportunity in evidence-giving to parliaments.
Exploitation Route Three main audiences might take our learning forward:

Scholars of parliaments: are learning from our research outputs to: (a) experiment with ethnographic and creative approaches when studying parliaments, (b) expand their horizons beyond the institution of parliament to looking at how politicians relate to organisations and actors in society more systematically, (c) adapt our strategies for enhancing the public engagement of parliaments and deepening the relationship between politicians and civil society.

Grant-makers: bearing in mind the evidence that scholars in the Global South can produce outstanding quality research and creative outputs found in this programme, and others including sister Network Plus programmes, grant-makers could increase the level of their investment in African, Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American research organisations. Organisations such as UKRI, GCRF and FCDO might monitor the number of PIs/CoIs they fund residing (and originating) in the Global South within international research funding programmes.

UK universities: could learn from the lessons presented in our policy brief on managing international research coalitions. Our key recommendations are as follows:
1. Good management is based on learning; learning in international coalitions needs intelligent management processes
2. New programmes benefit from reflecting on the weaknesses of earlier initiatives. While sometimes painful to admit how much partnership can be a struggle - dealing with differences and sometimes conflicts - it can be generative if handled sensitively
3. Global assumptions about hierarchies of capacity, knowledge and skills are often part of the justification for centralising control of funding. These assumptions and structures of controls deserve to be challenged
4. When establishing partnerships, think about legacy from the outset and encourage all parties to be honest about their aspirations, constraints and expectations and tailor collective/joint agreements as far as possible
5. Communication in coalition is multi-faceted, multi-scalar and multi-directional. The potential for misunderstanding is huge, especially on digital channels. Take the challenge of diverse languages extremely seriously - there are no cheap and easy solutions
6. If there are political sensitivities, rely on national and local experts for advice about how to navigate them. Never take political risks on behalf of others. Don't create a large coalition project unless you have close contacts in a place already, so start with a smaller initiative first
7. Invest time and energy in working out inclusive strategies - how can you make sure that women, early career researchers, ethnic minorities, BAME and people living far from the capital can access opportunities? It is often the experience of inequality and lack of confidence that holds some back from applying for grants, not incapacity. Ask the question, 'Who am I leaving out?' at every turn and keep developing strategies for being inclusive
8. If grant-making, spend time working with grant holders to ensure that their proposed budgets will cover the full costs of research. Develop strategies for allowing them to vary their plans and budgets as the project progresses. Keep explaining this; flexibility is an unusual approach in grant-making
9. Be ready to invest time in making sure institutional arrangements are well-planned and efficient, international financial transfers are made without delays and that training is always part of financial monitoring; financial micromanagement and arduous bureaucratic demands should be avoided where possible
10. Tailor any individual or group mentoring, guidance or training to specific and contextual values, incentives, preferences and pressures. Capacity development should be facilitated in ways that can be replicated and adapted by others
11. Monitoring and evaluation is far more interesting if the emphasis is on learning rather than policing. Collaborative ethnography can be a good way to take account of diverse voices and complex causality and attribution. It requires reflexivity, a sense of history and attention to plurality.
12. Action on climate change in international research is long overdue - we follow 10 rules that don't diminish research quality
(for more details, see https://grnpp.org/output/managing-international-research-coalitions/)
Sectors Government, Democracy and Justice

URL http://www.grnpp.org
 
Description The Deepening Democracy programme has proved that an UK university can establish an efficient and ethical capacity for grant-making at speed; that scholars in Myanmar and Ethiopia can design and undertake interdisciplinary research to an excellent standard; and respectful partnerships between Global North and South relying on strong relationships are entirely possible if properly resourced. SOAS and partners have awarded 46 grants - 22 led by women and 24 by men; 40 by nationals of Myanmar/Ethiopia, 2 diaspora, 1 Bangladeshi and 2 white Europeans; over half with PIs under the age of 40 - ranging from £5k to £100k. The network as a whole has held hundreds of events, from small meetings with politicians to huge conferences, including a festival showcasing art for research collaborations in Yangon, for politicians, activists, scholars, and artists. Books, journal articles, newspaper stories, blogs have been published, including a collaborative ethnography by our PI and an historian, 'An Extraordinary Scandal', Haus Publishing, 2019, a book about parliaments in Asia by Nizam Ahmed and another about women parliamentarians in Ethiopia by Mahlet Fitsum. The films produced in both countries are of outstanding quality. Grantees' research has been showcased on our website (www.grnpp.org), at various events in Myanmar, Ethiopia and the UK, and by SOAS. Ours was one of three SOAS programmes mentioned in its ranking as 3rd globally for impact on SDG16 as a university. SOAS is submitting our project to the Guardian university awards 2020 under the category internationalisation. This is leading to non-academic impacts as it has generated evidence about democracy for use by civil society, parliament and government. We will report in full at the end of the project. Our focus has shifted gradually during the programme from grant-making and capacity-strengthening to advocacy and achieving lasting impact. Our partners have led on influencing stakeholders. EMReF are leading a follow-on project - Reducing Inequalities in Public Engagement - with SOAS support, which has allowed P4P grantees to collaborate with artists to influence policymakers towards a more inclusive democracy in Myanmar. In Ethiopia our partner Setaweet has championed innovative forms of support for women scholars and held the first all women academics conference in the context of chronically male dominated university sector and established an online feminist journal. In the UK SOAS persuaded the International Development Select Committee to increase evidence-taking from the Global South, advised potential and actual Network Plus PIs on effective grant-making and shared learning across the UK on how to work towards decolonising global research coalitions. We have raised additional funding from various donors, including Euro 2.5m from the European Research Council, to undertake a comparative ethnography on political communication in the relationships between politicians, parliaments and people in 6 countries (2019-2024). We plan to continue to strengthen the capacity of researchers to scrutinise their parliaments, a vital process for democracy - both understanding and reimagining it.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Inception Report House of Peoples Representatives (HoPR) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact This study has an overall objective of developing a guiding framework for parliamentary civic engagement which enables the FDRE House of Peoples Representatives (HoPR) to undertake streamlined and sustained engagement of stakeholders in view of discharging the responsibilities vested in it by the constitution, the will of the people and the conscience of its members. To achieve this, the existing public engagement strategy will be reviewed, shortcomings identified, the opinion of pertinent bodies solicited and the experience of other countries consulted so as to finally develop a parliamentary civic engagement guiding framework.
 
Description Integrating a web-based app (BRIDGE) for enhanced communication between people and parliamentarians in Ethiopia into the House of People's Representatives new website
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Literature Inclusiveness in Myanmar: creative writing curriculum by PEN Myanmar
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description New university instructions on indigenous language of the Kunama, Ethiopia
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Submission to the House of Lords Citizenship and Civic Engagement Select Committee (CCE0207)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.parliament.uk/documents/lords-committees/Citizenship-civic-engagement/Written-Evidence-V...
 
Description (EoPPP) - A Global Comparative Ethnography of Parliaments, Politicians and People: representation, relationships and ruptures
Amount € 2,494,881 (EUR)
Funding ID 834986 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 09/2019 
End 09/2024
 
Description British Academy Writing Workshop programme 2019
Amount £18,310 (GBP)
Funding ID WW10\100231 
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2019 
End 12/2019
 
Description Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)
Amount £12,000 (GBP)
Funding ID RG.PIED.118631.019 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2019 
End 04/2020
 
Description Reducing Inequalities in Public Engagement in Myanmar
Amount £88,561 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/S005730/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 01/2020
 
Description A Case study of the making of political Kachin 'minority' in Kachin State Parliament 
Organisation Kachinland Research Centre
Country Myanmar 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Awarded medium grant; intensive training in ethnographic research methods; supported with writing for an academic audience
Collaborator Contribution This project adopts multi-disciplinary research methods - archival, ethnographic, interviews, focus group discussion, content analysis - to ask questions about the reasons that Kachin people and interests are under-represented by parliamentarians. The project seeks understand the ways in which Kachin MPs navigate a situation to represent their constituencies when there are pressures for marginalisation and the particular ways in which the current structure makes this challenging.
Impact Outputs will be listed on completion of the project
Start Year 2019
 
Description A Farewell to Arms: a two-day Yangon Film School workshop to develop a long-term observational documentary project following the peace process in Myanmar 
Organisation Yangon Film School
Country Germany 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution A small grant awarded
Collaborator Contribution For this project the award-winning capacity building institution Yangon Film School in Myanmar joined forces with a number of young Burmese scholars (including those living in conflict areas) and filmmakers to explore - under the tutelage of Dr Khin Mar Mar Kyi (Dr Mar) and peace process experts - how to conduct research to identify themes and protagonists for a series of observational documentaries about the peace process, tentatively titled A Farewell to Arms: Following Myanmar's Bid for Peace. In this workshop, young research scholars and film-makers from different ethnicities came together with peace process experts for a two-day workshop in Yangon in December 2018, in order to gain an overview of the current peace process in Myanmar and its (state and non-state) actors, as well as to identify potential protagonists for their observational documentaries and refine their methodology.
Impact List to be added
Start Year 2019
 
Description An Appraisal of Communication between Parliamentarians and People: A Case Study of Chaffe Oromia, Ethiopia 
Organisation Dilla University
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Awarded a small grant; writing workshop provided feedback on preparing material for academic publication
Collaborator Contribution In Ethiopia, the relationship between legislators and their constituents is expected to follow a bilateral flow of information and ideas about policy. Moreover, the nature of the relationship between legislators and the people they represent is core to determining the latter's trust in government and its legitimacy and efficacy in delivering on promised policies. In recent years, society's deteriorating trust in government - evidenced in a series of protests, uprisings and resistance; and in the latter's coercive responses - has been articulated as a failure on the part of regional legislators to adequately represent the needs and demands of their constituents. This is nowhere more evident than in Oromia regional state. Based on the premise that Oromia is both the epicentre of public protest and of ongoing political transformation in the country, this project investigates the relationships, strategies, forms, and patterns of communication between legislators in Ethiopia's Oromia regional state council and their respective constituents.
Impact Details of outputs have been entered in the relevant section of Researchfish
Start Year 2019
 
Description An Audit of Political Engagement: building knowledge and understanding of democracy in Myanmar to support the integration of representative and participatory democracy 
Organisation Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation
Country Myanmar 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Awarded a large grant
Collaborator Contribution This project undertakes an Audit of Political Engagement (APE) in six states and regions across Myanmar, in order to assess public attitudes to democracy, with a particular focus on sub-national parliaments and the role and work of MPs. Combining a public opinion poll survey with focus group discussions and interviews, its aim is to develop a benchmark that can be utilised in the future to track the emergence, shaping and transformation of democratic political culture over time. Inspired by a similar project in the United Kingdom, the present project is heavily reconfigured to align with the Myanmar context, and has been developed in consultation with local civil society organisations and following a workshop involving researchers, policy advocates and artists. The research process will be documented, and the results disseminated, using film and photography.
Impact Outputs and outcomes have been reported under the relevant sections of Researchfish
Start Year 2019
 
Description Assessment of women's participation in political leadership positions 
Organisation Adigrat University
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Awarded medium grant; provided training in writing for academic and non-academic audiences
Collaborator Contribution This project reviews the legal and institutional policy frameworks, and the cultural factors, that affect women's ability to assume political leadership roles in Ethiopia and to make substantive contributions once they are in power. The team tests the hypothesis that policy and the law are theoretically supportive of empowering women political leaders, but that their voices are often strongly marginalised and excluded in decision-making. The purpose of the project is to draw attention to the gendered political landscape and socio-political imagination in which women are at once included in, and excluded from, leadership; and to advocate for attitudinal changes in society and amongst policy-makers on the basis that deeper democracy requires equality of access, opportunity and participation for all.
Impact Outputs will be listed upon project completion
Start Year 2019
 
Description Barriers to women's participation in political and administrative levels in Tanintharyi Region, Myanmar 
Organisation Tavoyan Women's Union
Country Myanmar 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Awarded a medium grant
Collaborator Contribution The Tavoyan Women's Union (TWU) is a non-profit organization that was previously based in the Thai-Burma border town of Mae Sot with the aim of promoting a peaceful, justice, equality and liberated society in Burma, through capacity-building of young women activists. While vast strides have been made since 2011, TWU recognises that sustainability of women's political participation at the national and sub-national level must be a priority in the democratization process. Understanding the barriers to women's participation in leadership positions in politics is crucial to improving their participation. With support from the P4P programme, TWU is conducting qualitative research on this topic in the Tanintharyi region. By speaking to women who have undergone the process of elections, the research will gain valuable insight into the specific challenges that women face in pursuing leadership roles and, once there, the challenges presented in office. The aim of completing qualitative research in this area is to allow women leaders' experiences to be shared. The interviews allow opportunities for women to recount their struggles and successes. This project will record and disseminate these stories both orally and visually through a photography exhibition.
Impact Outputs will be verified and added during 2020
Start Year 2018
 
Description Bridging Research and Innovation for Democratic Governance and Enhanced Participation (BRIDGE 4 Participation) 
Organisation Bete-Semay Creative Media
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Awarded a medium grant
Collaborator Contribution Citizens in Ethiopia are increasingly using social media and other online platforms to voice their political opinions and to protest; and an estimated 60% of Standing Committee chairpersons in the House of People's Representatives (HPR) use social media to try and salvage political support. This project offers a dedicated web-based application, which it will develop and pilot, to bring individual parliamentarians and their constituents together as part of an inclusive, interactive online political community. The App will be accessible on tablets and smartphones, and its functionality will include creating and making visible parliamentarian profiles, and allowing parliamentarians and those they represent to post questions, comments and replies to one another. In a landscape in which there are several barriers to political participation, and in which violent expression of political opinion is on the rise despite economic growth, rise in employment and the proliferation of government-led social mobilisation schemes, the project will assess how an online interactive community of Parliamentarians and people might affect (1) the culture of political participation, representation and perception, and (2) decision-making by parliamentarians in Ethiopia.
Impact 1. Workshop to disseminate BRIDGE research findings 2. Parliamentarian workshop using BRIDGE app (ENG) 3. Student workshop to help design BRIDGE app (ENG) 4. Web-based app (TECH) 5. Video of the BRIDGE project and parliamentary and citizen interlocutors (ART) 6. Presentation at Mekelle University
Start Year 2019
 
Description Building Bridges Through Art 
Organisation Arts Mandalay Foundation
Department Inwa School for Performing Arts
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Awarded a medium grant
Collaborator Contribution This project tests the effect of using traditional Myanmar performance to organically stimulate dialogue between artists, the general population, and elected political representatives on the theme of deepening democracy. Historically, travelling zat pwe artists were the primary conduit of communication between politicians and people, able to reach the most remote rural areas; and they have remained vital and effective to this day. Harnessing the continuing power and prevalence of travelling theatre troupes, this project challenges the playwrights behind the zat pwe performances to create classically-staged dramas on such democratic themes as tolerance, inclusiveness and equality. It will then assemble a troupe and tour a programme that embeds these commissioned pieces using the classical form (anyeint pwe), testing the reaction of a variety of public audiences across different regions in Myanmar.
Impact 1. Performances and newly commissioned plays (ART) 2. Tour across 18 towns (ENG)
Start Year 2019
 
Description Challenges to women's participation in politics, through interviews and life journeys in Mon, Kayin and Thanintharyi Parliaments 
Organisation Jeepyah Civil Society Development Organization
Country Myanmar 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Small grant awarded; training given to promote creative collaborations
Collaborator Contribution Cherry Soe Mon of Jeepyah Civil Society Development Organization (JCSDO) is collaborating with artists to produce large attention-grabbing images, illustrating her research on women's political participation and stories of their journeys towards becoming parliamentarians, in order to begin conversations with people and politicians about gender-inclusivity
Impact Outputs will be listed upon completion of project
Start Year 2019
 
Description Deepening Democracy through Citizen Participation in Ethiopia 
Organisation Ethiopian Management Institute
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Awarded a medium grant; writing workshop provided feedback on preparing material for academic publication
Collaborator Contribution Deepening democracy enhances human rights, economic equity, and elections - which in turn drive development. This research project aims to assess the perception, role and barriers in relation to deepening democracy in Ethiopia through empirical data collection and analysis from Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa, the two chartered cities of the country. The study applies a mixed-methods approach that combines both quantitative and qualitative data collected from residents, media and political party members. Multi-stage random sampling is used to select participants from amongst the residents in Addis and Dire Dawa; while a purposive sampling technique is used to select participants from the media and political parties. Data collection takes the form of questionnaires, in-depth interviews and focus group discussions; and analysis will make use of thematic and descriptive techniques. The findings of the study are to be disseminated through film production and publications.
Impact 1. Validation workshop 2. Research-based creative collaboration film 3. Presentation at Mekelle University
Start Year 2019
 
Description Democratisation and Ethno-Federalism in Ethiopia: shifting relationships between youths and parliaments at state and federal level 
Organisation University of Warwick
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Ethiopia's institutions are becoming more open. These changes, driven by three years of youth-led popular protests, have reopened a conversation around Ethiopia's ethno-federal institutions. Young people are an increasingly important political force in the country. In light of these changes, this project will put youths and MPs in conversation about the efficacy of the country's representative institutions, and how they might be reformed to become more inclusive and representative of young people's concerns. Over the course of the project, young Ethiopian researchers will be trained to undertake an ethnographic video project to allow youths in two of the country's regions (Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region and Oromia) that were most affected by recent protests to express their views on: 1) their access to representative institutions and 2) the responsiveness of the state. These videos will then be used for advocacy purposes. The project will also work with MPs at both state and federal levels to train them on learning from and working with youth groups, conducting parliamentary outreach, and the role of legislative bodies. This is particularly important in light of the Prime Minister's recent comments with regards to the need to reform and reinvigorate the country's ethno-federal political system. The project is novel for putting young people and parliamentarians in conversation with each other using participatory film-making and bringing them together to think about how best to reform the country's institutions. It will build on existing literature on Ethiopia's ethno-federal political system and contribute to broader theory on bottom-up pressures for change and youth participation in reform and democratisation in developing countries.
Collaborator Contribution Medium grant awarded
Impact Outputs to be listed upon completion
Start Year 2018
 
Description Depicting Reality: Deepening Democracy through Art 
Organisation Chinbridge Institute
Country Myanmar 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Small grant awarded; training given to promote creative collaborations
Collaborator Contribution Chinbridge Institute are working with artists Ja Seng and Rung Cin Thang to communicate their research on Chin political participation through comics and postcards, which they will use to start conversations with their parliamentarians and engage people across the state.
Impact 1. RIPE Festival 'representation' panel participation (ENG) 2. RIPE creative collaboration artwork (ART)
Start Year 2019
 
Description Ethnicity and Identity across time and space among refugees from Myanmar 
Organisation University of Chittagong
Country Bangladesh 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Medium grant awarded
Collaborator Contribution This anthropological research will investigate history, identity and exclusion with groups of people displaced from Myanmar. This sensitive study will be based on archival research and ethnography, exploring upheavals that are creating various crises in citizenship and representation.
Impact 1. Publication on Rohingya in Al-Jazeera (PUB) 2. Publication on Rohingya on LSE South Asia blog (PUB) 3. Publication on Rohingya in South Asia Journal website (PUB) 4. Talk on Rohingya at Oxford Uni (ENG) 5. Talk on Rohingya at SOAS (ENG) 6. Talk on Rohingya at Columbia Uni (ENG) 7. Talk on Rohingya at NYU (ENG) 8. Talk on Rohingya at New School for Social Research (ENG) 9. Talk on Rohingya at Delaware Uni (ENG) 10. Talk on Rohingya at Cornell Uni (ENG) 11. Talk on Rohingya at Melbourne Uni (ENG) 12. Talk on Rohingya at Flinders Uni (ENG) 13. Talk of Rohingya at Adelaide Uni (ENG) 14. Documentary on Rohingya lives (ART) 15. Documentary on Rohingya struggle for existence (ART)
Start Year 2018
 
Description Exploring the relationship between traditional leaders, elected parliamentarians and local communities: the case of Northern Afar, Ethiopia 
Organisation Samara University
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Nomadic populations tend to be characterised by mobility. They are difficult to fix to one place, difficult to maintain within a bounded constituency, and difficult to tax. These things, together with their shared land ownership practices, mean that nomads represent a significant challenge to state-making. In the case of the pastoralists in Ethiopia's Afar region, the disjuncture between their cultural practices and the requirements of central government has historically led these peoples to being excluded from political participation. However, the relationship between Parliamentarians and the Afar people of northern Ethiopia is widely considered to be positive and friendly - the former dispense with their usual security detail, and even stay with families during their visits. This research will explore in greater detail the relationship between Parliamentarians, local clan leaders and people in Afar, particularly with respect to their interactions and co-operation on democracy-building. The research will also consider the role that gender plays in political engagement amongst the Afar - to what extent women speak, voice their concerns, and feel represented.
Collaborator Contribution Awarded Medium grant; Assistance provided with research methods training and writing workshop
Impact A list of outputs will be added upon project completion
Start Year 2018
 
Description Freedom of expression in relation to the issue of internally displaced peoples 
Organisation Kachinland Research Centre
Country Myanmar 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Awarded small grant; provided training in creative collaborations
Collaborator Contribution Kachinland Research Centre are collaborating with artist Ms Ja Seng to depict issues relating to freedom of expression through acrylic and water colour paintings; these will be displayed in public and political spaces in order to generate engagement and reflection by politicians and people
Impact Outputs will be listed upon completion of this project
Start Year 2019
 
Description History of Ethiopian women's resistance to political exclusion within movements, armed struggles and mainstream politics 
Organisation Setaweet
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This project examines Ethiopian women's resistance to political subjectivities, their forms of inclusion and exclusion. The project examines the ways in which women are represented in mainstream politics. It aims to account on discriminatory practice they face even when they are part of the political space. It focuses on the experiences of women involved in state-created domains of power - such as Parliament and diplomatic leadership - as well as those whose resistance has taken shape in the context of other political spaces, such as Ethiopian student movement of the 19760s-70s, armed rebel struggles of the 1980s, and ethnic-based youth protests today. In analysing multiple threads of resistance by women, across different times and political spaces, the project will engage with the ideas and practice of politics which that have shaped women's response and resistance to forms of exclusion. It will also ask how central or otherwise the question of women's political inclusion has been in Ethiopia's historical and contemporary political struggles.
Collaborator Contribution Medium grant awarded
Impact To be listed in 2020
Start Year 2019
 
Description History of the Development of Parliaments in South and South-East Asia: A Study of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar 
Organisation Brandon University
Department Department of Political Science
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Awarded a medium grant
Collaborator Contribution For this project Professor Nizam Ahmed - a leading authority on parliaments in South Asia - will compare the history of the development, decline and resurgence of parliaments in four countries - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Parliaments in the countries of South Asia in the immediate post-Independence period were patterned after the British model. However, with the exception of India, none has had an uninterrupted existence. The project will culminate in a knowledge sharing workshop to Yangon. This will help to inform the work of researchers and civil society organizations in Myanmar which have been working on strengthening parliaments and nurturing cultures of representations, participation and inclusion.
Impact Outputs will be verified and added during 2020
Start Year 2018
 
Description Illustrating Barriers to Women's Participation in Politics in Tanintharyi Region 
Organisation Tavoyan Women's Union
Country Myanmar 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Small grant awarded; training given to promote creative collaborations
Collaborator Contribution Tavoyan Women's Union are collaborating with the cartoonist Min Ar Kar Htet to illustrate their research on barriers to women's participation in politics, for use in outreach and awareness programs in Dawei and via social media
Impact 1. RIPE Festival 'representation' panel participation (ENG) 2. RIPE creative collaboration artwork (ART)
Start Year 2019
 
Description Impacting internal displaced women and children: the case of residing in Arbaba and Ayinba in north west Ethiopia 
Organisation University of Gondar
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Awarded medium grant; provided training in writing for academic and non-academic writing; provided additional support for women academics
Collaborator Contribution This research project aimed to answer the causes of internal displacement (ID) in the context of ethnic based federalism and how it is related to power inequality, exclusion or marginalization. It also investigates how internal displacement further increase inequalities (discrimination by age and sex) and magnify women and children vulnerabilities. In addition it reveals the direct impact of ID on women and children.
Impact Outputs will be listed upon completion of the project
Start Year 2019
 
Description More Than Just Words: An Inquiry into the Transformative Promise of 'Solidarity' and'Medemer' in Ethiopia's Transition to Democracy 
Organisation Keele University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Awarded a medium grant
Collaborator Contribution The tactical alliance between Oromos and Amharas - the two largest ethnic groups in Ethiopia, comprising approximately 70% of the population - played a transformative role in Ethiopia's quest for democratic change. The alliance reconfigured the balance of political power in Ethiopia's ruling coalition and paved the way for Dr Abiy Ahmed's reformist and progressive government. Since assuming power, PM Ahmed has introduced a new vocabulary and praxis - framed around the concept of medemer - aimed at mobilising public support for his government. Medemer, it is said, will help Ethiopia heal old wounds and build a free and democratic society. However, research on the scope, content, meaning and cultural suitability of medemer and associated concepts is limited. Looking at the Oromo-Amhara solidarity that made PM Ahmed's ascension possible, we know that this solidarity is anchored in shared grievances rather than a shared understanding and vision for the future. So, to what extent is medemer able to make a sustained and meaningful contribution to the country's future in a culturally relevant way? This project draws together local stakeholder knowledge and leading academic expertise to undertake an independent preliminary inquiry into the transformative promise of solidarity and medemer in Ethiopia's transition to democracy.
Impact 1. Workshop on solidarity and medemer (ENG) 2. Workshop presentations on research findings (ENG) 3. Article on 'Abiy Doctrine' (PUB) 4. Article on Prosperity Party (PUB) 5. Article on nobel peace prize (PUB) 6. Article on divided Ethiopia (PUB) 7. Media interview with Addis Dialogue (ENG) 8. Media interview with Turkish broadcaster (ENG) 9. Media interview with Fana TV (ENG)
Start Year 2019
 
Description New Committee on Policy and Practice 
Organisation Royal Anthropological Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The SOAS team established a new Royal Anthropological Institute Committee on Policy and Practice (PI Emma Crewe as Chair and Jas Kaur and Richard Axelby as joint secretaries) to promote a close relationship between anthropologists and policy-makers/practitioners. We are also co-ordinating one of the five themes (on democracy and the state), developing initiatives with UK anthropologists working in the civil service, encouraging UK universities to enable global south scholars to give evidence to parliament and creating opportunities for our Ethiopian/Myanmar colleagues to present their research more widely.
Collaborator Contribution Hosting seminars, workshops and other events at the RAI, including a major conference in June 2020, and support for the committee.
Impact Launch of the new RAI Committee on Policy and Practice, RAI, Wednesday 27 November at 5.30 pm RAI June Conference on Anthropology and Geography, our panel is about urgent issues including democracy: https://nomadit.co.uk/conference/rai2020#8347
Start Year 2019
 
Description Participatory Democracy in Ethiopia: The Participation of Target Groups in Civil Society Organizations and the Role of Civil Society Organizations in Federal Law-Making Processes 
Organisation Ambo University
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Medium grant awarded; provided training in writing for an academic audience
Collaborator Contribution CSOs are a critical bridge between the public and their Parliamentarians. This project explores the culture of representation across the micro- and meso-levels in Ethiopia, with respect to community engagement with CSOs, and CSO participation in federal law-making processes, the better to understand the challenges and opportunities around deepening democracy in the country. Mikiyas B. Kidane (@MickyEthiopia), Lecturer in Law, and his Ambo University colleague Solen G. Megersa (@solen_gemechu) will lead on data collection and analysis for the project, and develop a final project report. The report and its findings will be shared and discussed at a workshop and panel discussion with invited scholars, activists and community members, who together will develop a network and collective action plan to advance participatory democracy in Ethiopia. Journalist Abel Wabella (@Abelpoly; http://addiszeybe.com), managing director of the newspaper Addis Zeybe will assist the team in disseminating news and media articles arising from their research activities and findings, and in creating impact around their advocacy for more inclusive and participatory democracy. In addition, creative art professional, Michael Million, will write, direct and produce a short video that can be used to raise awareness of, and generate dialogue about, the critical need for micro- and meso-level participation in national political decision-making processes.
Impact Outputs to be listed upon completion
Start Year 2019
 
Description Political representation and participation among the Kunama of northern Ethiopia 
Organisation Mekelle University
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Awarded a small grant; writing workshop provided feedback on preparing material for academic publication
Collaborator Contribution The recent federal system of Ethiopia is seen to give preferential treatment to ethnic minorities. However, what this special treatment entails is not looked at from anthropological point of view. This research picks the concept of identity as a tool to understand political representation and the integration of the people into the democratic process. This project is aimed at providing a first-hand evidence of political participation in a remote area of Tigray. The Kunama are Nilotic people living along the Ethiopia- Eritrea border though their oral tradition of traces their original settlement to parts of the present-day Shire. With support from the P4P programme, a team led by Mitiku Gabrehiwot will explore the link between Kunama identity and political participation and representation. This will be done by using anthropological research methods and film as a source of data collection and form of analysis.
Impact 1. Meeting on Kunama ENG) 2. Social media blog (ENG) 3. Stakeholder engagement meeting (ENG) 4. Seminar on Kunama (ENG) 5. Panel discussion on Kunama (ENG) 6. Establishing Kunama language programme at Mekelle Uni (INFLUENCE) 7. Mobilising Global Voices conference reverse evidence session (ENG) 8. SOAS seminar on P4P project (ENG) 9. Research networking meeting on isolated communities inc Kunama (ENG) 10. Presentation on Kunama at Mekelle (ENG)
Start Year 2018
 
Description Press and Arts for Democracy - Journalism and Research Programme in Myanmar 
Organisation Memory International Heritage Film Festival
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Awarded a medium grant
Collaborator Contribution Led by Séverine Wemaere and Grace Swe Zin Htaik this project will study the sometimes-ambivalent relationship between politicians and the media in Myanmar. The research will be conducted in partnership with the Myanmar Journalism Institute (MJI) and the MEMORY! International Film Festival (MIFF) over the course of several months. At the core is a two-week workshop during which Myanmar students will conduct interviews, gather data about the reception of the festival programming, process, comment, and analyse the responses of audience members-as well as their own-to the theme "Freedom of the Press and Democracy". By launching this new research initiative, Séverine and Grace hope to contribute to a culture of independent journalism and to mobilize a critical engagement with politicians and cultural policies.
Impact 1. Video trailer (ART) 2. Video review of film festival (ART) 3. Article on teacircle website (PUB) 4. Article on teacircle website (PUB)
Start Year 2018
 
Description Promoting Ahnu Thu Tay Tha Na (Pursuing Arts in Research) Through Books and short Films 
Organisation Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation
Country Myanmar 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Small grant awarded; training given to promote creative collaborations
Collaborator Contribution Filmmaker Mi Mi Lwin and graphic artist Min Ar Kar Htet collaborated on a film about the 2019 White Rose Campaign - a CSO-led peace initiative in the wake of violence against Myanmar's Muslims during the year's Eid celebrations. A book and film were also produced to promoted the Ahnu Thu Tay Tha Na Festival
Impact Outputs include: 1 RIPE Festival 'Peace' panel participation 2 RIPE creative collaboration - white rose animation 3. RIPE book chapter (PUB)
Start Year 2019
 
Description Public Engagement for Strengthening Parliamentary Representation and Deepening Democracy 
Organisation Orbit Research LLC
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Awarded a medium grant; writing workshop provided feedback on preparing material for academic publication
Collaborator Contribution Public engagement is said to be essential to healthy democracy, as it ensures greater participation, increases public understanding of Parliament and its work, broadens the range of voices heard by Parliament, and potentially enhances legitimacy and trust. As trust in politics has fallen in representative democracy, public engagement has become a standard theme of modern democracy and a central activity for parliament (Leston-Bandeira, 2016). Low levels of interest in Parliament have been attributed to distrust and disenchantment with the wider political and governmental processes. Inclusive public engagement is considered critical to strengthening representative democracy. This project explores precisely how inclusive parliamentary public engagement can strengthen representative democracy in the Ethiopian context, and the mechanisms through which trust can be repaired and built anew, including improved engagement with marginalised ethnic and gender groups. The project thus contributes to improved understanding of the relationship between Parliament and people in Ethiopia, as well as setting out a charter of desirable and realistic changes in the Ethiopian political landscape.
Impact 1. (validation) Workshop 2. Media interview by Challa 3. TV interview on project 5. Artwork by Wonderson 6. Artwork dissemination 7. Presentation of findings at international conference
Start Year 2019
 
Description Redefining Democracy through the Perspective of the Young 
Organisation Life & Peace Institute
Country Sweden 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution There is growing attention on the positive role that young people play in preventing violence and building peace. In the Ethiopian context, youth movements ushered in political reform processes, creating a new and dynamic political landscape. While the role of youth in these movements and protests is widely contested, their agency and demand for change is undeniable. The participation and inclusion of young people is a central component of the reform processes in Ethiopia. This project aims to explore potential ways to enhance the inclusion and participation of young people who are on the margins and peripheries of formal political processes. This project approaches youth agency as a source of innovation and resilience, to strengthen the culture of democracy and demonstrate civic practices from the perspective of the young. The main goal of the project is to gather, document, and visualise the positive contributions and political force of young women and men to foster a democratic culture and build peace. The project will highlight how their efforts impact local, societal, and political resilience for peace and democracy.
Collaborator Contribution Awarded medium grant. Received training on writing for academic audiences.
Impact To be listed on completion
Start Year 2019
 
Description Regional Parliaments in Myanmar: planning comparative research 
Organisation Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation
Country Myanmar 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution With funding from a P4P small grant, EMReF invited representatives from CSOs and arts organisations from throughout Myanmar's states and regions to a two-day workshop held in Yangon in August 2018 that was devoted to the comparative study of regional parliaments in Myanmar. On the first day, representatives from various CSOs shared their research, methods and experiences. This was followed by a day of planning in which participants developed a collaborative approach to researching regional parliaments in Myanmar. Senior analysts and researchers from the UK Hansard Society and SOAS University of London were involved in this practical learning exercise and introduced some of the research and dissemination methods that they have used when studying parliaments in different countries.
Collaborator Contribution A small grant awarded. Contributions to the workshop from Richard Axelby and Ruth Fox
Impact 1 Two-day workshop held in Yangon in August 2018 devoted to the comparative study of regional parliaments in Myanmar. 2 Video of workshop (ART)
Start Year 2018
 
Description State of Local Governance at Ward Level of Administration in Myanmar: seeing through the eyes of the people 
Organisation Knowledge Propagation Society
Country Myanmar 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Small grant awarded; training given to promote creative collaborations
Collaborator Contribution Dr Pyae Sone Aung is collaborating with artists Sin Moe Aung and Ye Htet Thu to produce cartoons and graphically animated reports on the state of local governance that are easily accessible to citizens as well as parliamentarians
Impact 1. RIPE Festival 'repesentation' panel participation (ENG) 2. RIPE creative collaboration artwork (ART) 3. Pyae chapter in RIPE book (PUB) 4. Booklet on local governance in Mandalay (PUB) 5. Launch event of booklet on governance in Mandalay (ENG)
Start Year 2019
 
Description Texts and images as historical artefacts of representation, exclusion, instability, imagination and democracy in modern Kachin History 
Organisation Kachinland Research Centre
Country Myanmar 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Awarded a medium grant
Collaborator Contribution In order to shed light on the current transition period in Myanmar, this project uncovers historical memories from the post-Independence decade though the examination of discourses of representation, instability and exclusion that are embedded in the newspapers of the earlier historical period. During the first stage of the project, a two-day long public conference in Myitkyina provoked and examined historical memory of the parliamentary period. Scholars as well as elders were invited to discuss the parliamentary period and the role of the leading newspaper such as Nation and Jinghpaw Prat in articulating a notion of Kachin identity. The second part of the project included conducting archival research on the leading newspapers of the period. Complete archival records of these publications are held at the British Library in London.
Impact Outputs include: 1. Newspaper articles (in two parts) on Kachin party politics in historical perspective 2. Exhibition on 'Texts and Images as Historical Artefacts in Modern Kachin Political History' 3. Seminar on 'Texts and Images as Historical Artefacts in Modern Kachin Political History' 4. Danseng talk at PAIR in February 2019 5. RIPE Festival freedom of expression panel participation 6. RIPE creative collaboration artwork (ART)
Start Year 2018
 
Description The Nature of Political Representation in Regional Parliaments of Ethiopia: a study on Benishangul Gumuz Regional Sate Council in Ethiopia 
Organisation Brandon University
Department Department of Political Science
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Awarded a medium grant; writing workshop provided feedback on preparing material for academic publication
Collaborator Contribution Since the time of adoption of ethnic federalism in Ethiopia, the politics of indigenous and non-indigenous dichotomy has been serving as a basis for political representation and exclusion of ethnic groups in regional parliaments and their respective standing committees. The aim of this research project is to analyse the historical trends, contemporary challenges and future implications of political representation or exclusion in regional parliaments of Ethiopia, by focusing on the case of Benishangul Gumuz Regional Council. Combining qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, the project examines the nature of ethnic and gender representation or exclusion in the parliament of the region. In doing so, the nature of relationship between the representatives and their respective constituents, the way parliamentary oversight is being implemented in the region as well as the attitude of the wider community towards the degree of ethnic and gender representation in Benishangul Gumuz Regional Parliament (State Council) is explored.
Impact Outputs include: workshops and seminar presentations in Debre Markos, Dilla, Hawassa, Assosa, SOAS University of London, Mekelle; Newspaper articles and Radio programme
Start Year 2018
 
Description The Role of Social Media in Empowering Women and Deepening Democracy in Ethiopia: The Case of Female Activists 
Organisation University of Gondar
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Awarded medium grant; supported by provided training in writing for academic and non-academic audiences
Collaborator Contribution This study explores the role of social media and women empowerment in Ethiopia taking the case of female activists. The study assesses the idea that social change has helped women across the world and in Ethiopia in recent years have benefited a lot in expressing themselves freely and getting involved on national issues and debates. This can be evidenced by the rise in the number of female activists with huge number of followers on the social media. In Ethiopia, in recent years, especially after the 2016 nation-wide political unrest, the number of female activists has increased. They have treated issues both general to the Ethiopian public and sometimes specific to the Ethiopian women as an agent and owner of political change in its narrative and debate in the country.
Impact Outputs will be listed on completion of the project
Start Year 2019
 
Description The gender-based effects of internal displacement in Ethiopia 
Organisation Haramaya University
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Awarded medium grant; supported with training on writing for an academic and non-academic audience; supported with training in research methods
Collaborator Contribution This project identifies the causes of internal displacement in Ethiopia and its multi-faceted effects from a gendered perspective. Using a mixed-methods approach the project asks how the experiences of women in refugee camps differ from (1) their male refugee counterparts, and (2) non-refugee women in neighbouring villages, with particular focus on the eastern and northern regions of Ethiopia. The purpose of the research is to draw attention to contemporary political happenings, and in particular the relationship between the country's current federal arrangements and ethnic tension and conflict.
Impact Outputs to be listed upon completion of project.
Start Year 2019
 
Description The role of parliamentarians in addressing child marriage practices within the framework of global citizenship education 
Organisation Bahir Dar University
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Awarded medium grant; provided training in writing for academic and non-academic audiences
Collaborator Contribution Child marriage is a known and documented problem in Ethiopia. Although some progress has been made in the past decade to decrease cases of child marriage it remains common practice. The global citizenship education (GCE) framework, with its broad understanding of human security, holds that individuals and civil society, as well as state institutions and the global community, carry joint responsibility for achieving and maintaining people's wellbeing. GCE is well-researched in the global north, but its applicability to global south contexts has received little attention thus far. This project fills this critical knowledge gap. It examines how parliamentarians in Ethiopia are addressing child marriage in the country, and the extent to which this does or does not align with the GCE framework - and whether in fact GCE is relevant in resolving human security problems in societies like Ethiopia.
Impact Outputs will be listed on completion of the project
Start Year 2019
 
Description Theatre as Action: Imagining peace and stability in South Omo through effective governance and fair representation 
Organisation South Omo Theatre Company
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Awarded a medium grant; writing workshop provided feedback on preparing material for academic publication
Collaborator Contribution Olisarali Olibui Tongulu is an agro-pastoralist from the Salamago district, South Omo Zone, in Ethiopia; and he is the first member of the Mursi tribe to film an award-winning documentary (Shooting with Mursi). The Mursi have never had a Member of Parliament to represent them in the House of Peoples Representatives; and they remain excluded from local, regional and national politics in what remains a highly centralised system. However, since coming to power in 2018, Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed has introduced radical reforms and announced renewed political commitment to democratisation. Olisarali asks what deeper democracy and effective governance might look like, with particular reference to political representation, engagement and inclusiveness of the Mursi people. He will write a play in his native dialect in collaboration with a local playwright and filmmaker, Tesfahun Hailu, to be performed in Addis Ababa by and for politicians - who, through this dual participatory role, will be invited to question their stereotypes about the Mursi and to imagine a more inclusive world of politics in South Omo.
Impact Full details have been reported under the relevant sections of Researchfish
Start Year 2019
 
Description Understanding Political Representation and the Level of People Participation in Chin State in Myanmar 
Organisation Chinbridge Institute
Country Myanmar 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Awarded a small grant
Collaborator Contribution The Chinbridge Institute is a research and learning centre founded in June 2017. Funded by a P4P grant Chinbridge is conducting research aimed at increasing knowledge of the functioning of democratic representation and the level of people's participation in political processes in Chin State. This research combines a mixture of qualitative and quantitative research methods. In term of qualitative, there were three key activities - focus-group discussion, participatory short-video clips and focus-group interviews. Participants in focus-groups discussed their ideas and experiences on representation and participation, and MPs and political party leaders were also interviewed on the subject. Additionally, a survey of public attitude towards representation and participation in Chin State was used to help to capture the functioning of Chin State parliaments from people's perspectives and experiences.
Impact 1. Research report publication (PUB) 2. Dissemination of research report (ENG) 3. FGD Buanlung (ENG) 4. FGD Congthia (ENG) 5. FGD Hakha town (ENG) 6. FGD Falam (ENG) 7. Leaflet (ENG) 8. Podcast (ART) 9. Authored newspaper article (PUB) 10. Authored newspaper article (PUB) 11. Authored newspaper article (PUB) 12. Comic exhibition display in Chin hluttaw (ENG)
Start Year 2018
 
Description Understanding barriers to women's participation: docuanimation on gender-based violence in Myanmar 
Organisation Yangon Film School
Country Germany 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Awarded a small grant
Collaborator Contribution In 2017, the Yangon Film School launched a programme of trainings, mentorships and outreach around 'Women and Peace in Myanmar'. As part of this, YFS used a P4P grant to enable Indian gender-activist Paromita Vohra and award-winning animator Debjani Mukherjee to travel to Yangon where they joined with YFS to train a group of young Burmese students in innovative documentary and animation film techniques. Paromita guided the students as they independently researched, identified and interviewed protagonists on location in Kachin, Shan, Kayin and Kayah States in Myanmar. On their return to Yangon the students continued to work with Paromita to transcribe, analyse and edit together key sentences to create four short audio narratives. These documentary testimonials provided the basis of the four short animations that were made during a subsequent six-week course under Debjani's tutelage. The aim of the 'Stand Up for Women! Stand Up for Peace!' docu-animation film series is to increase understanding of gender-based violence amongst public and policy-making audiences. It challenges the perception of violence against women as a private domestic issue, and situates it instead in the broader social landscape - exploring the intersections and entanglement between gender-based violence on one hand, and conflict, human rights, and precarity on the other. The course participants and subsequent film-makers were encouraged to think about how arts and humanities methodologies such as docu-animation can produce visually powerful narratives in emotionally resonant ways.
Impact Output list: 1. Docuanimation showing at 17th Hiroshima film festival (ENG) 2. Docuanimation showing at UNFPA youth media summit (ENG) 3. Multiple Film screenings (national and international) 4. Panel participation on women in peace
Start Year 2018
 
Description Unheard Voices and Contestations over Representation in Contemporary Ethiopia 
Organisation Forum for Social Studies
Country Ethiopia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Using Ethiopia's contested transition to democracy that commenced in the early 1990s as a backdrop, this research project examines contestations over representation and the manner in which formal and informal institutions of representation are unfolding in contemporary Ethiopia. In addition to conferences/workshops and peer-reviewed publications, the research project uses works of creative art. The main aim of the research project is to enhance our understanding of representative institutions in Ethiopia in terms of their legitimacy and efficacy in discharging their mandates as stipulated in the constitution and other pertinent legal frameworks. Moreover, the research project also aims to generate policy debate on pertinent issues of representation and democracy in Ethiopia.
Collaborator Contribution Large grant awarded. Participated in training workshop for writing for academic publication
Impact Outputs will be listed upon project completion
Start Year 2019
 
Description Women's Involvement in Politics in the Mon, Kayin and Thanintharyi Parliaments in Myanmar: Barriers to improving representation and strengthening democracy 
Organisation Jeepyah Civil Society Development Organization
Country Myanmar 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Awarded a small grant
Collaborator Contribution This project seeks to uncover some of the barriers to participation that face women, particularly ethnic minority women in Mon, Kayin and Tanintharyi parliaments. JCSDO will interview both male and female parliamentarians, but with a special focus on women - the stories of their journey towards becoming political leaders; and the kinds of policy changes they would like to see implemented in order to increase the participation of women from ethnic minorities in political processes. Overall, the project aims to highlight - and provide a comparative analysis of - the barriers and opportunities that exist around women's meaningful engagement with regional politics in Myanmar, and to reflect on these phenomena at a national level. The findings will be brought together into a written report which will also include a series of illustrations that give a visual representation of the complex relationship between politics and women. As part of the project artist Min Ar Kar Tet illustrates the reality women face when trying to enter politics.
Impact Outputs include: 1. Report on women's involvement in politics in Mon, Kayin, and Tanintharyi parliaments - 2. Distribution of report on women's involvement in parliaments by JCSDO and by UNDP at Int'l Women's Day 3. Launch of report on women's participation in politics, including media coverage via Facebook 4. Art exhibition to illustrate findings of research on women's political participation 5. 11 cartoons 6. Human Rights Monland website coverage of the report launch 7. Cherry Soe talk at PAIR in Feb 2019 8. RIPE Festival 'representation' panel participation 9. RIPE billboards to influence policy makers 10. RIPE creative collaboration artwork
Start Year 2018
 
Description Words that create hate speech 
Organisation PEN International
Department PEN Myanmar
Country Myanmar 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution PEN Myanmar are collaborating with artists Dr Ma Thida, Mr Thura Tha Wah and Ms Htet Naing Zin to produce vox-pops on freedom of expression and hate speech, in order to start conversations and raise awareness about these issues on social media
Collaborator Contribution Small grant awarded; training given to promote creative collaborations
Impact Outputs will be listed upon project completion
Start Year 2019
 
Title Web-based app to enhance communication between Ethiopian parliamentarians and citizens, by Mercy Mulugeta and Fitsumbirhan Araya 
Description The Web-based App is a platform that links Ethiopian parliamentarians and their constituents, enhancing political communication and engagement in a country transitioning to democracy. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The website has brought together students and parliamentarians. Students have been engaging in discussion with their parliamentarians and asking for clarifications on parliamentary decisions. 
URL https://b4p.et
 
Description 'Literature Inclusiveness in Myanmar Report Launch' - Event; by PEN Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The launch of the 'Literature Inclusiveness in Myanmar' report targeted Parliamentarians (some of whom are former writers), editors, publishers, writers, researchers and members of the general public. It was designed to highlight the lack of inclusiveness of ethnic and other sociopolitically marginalised people in Myanmar's literature historically, and to advocate for greater representation of excluded peoples so that people can see themselves represented in literature, and therefore see themselves as being part of Myanmar society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 'Literature Inclusiveness in Myanmar Report' - Video 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact PEN Myanmar made a video of their research findings on literature inclusiveness in Myanmar, narrated in Burmese with subtitles available in eight languages. This was distributed via television and social media through DVB - a leading Myanmar broadcaster. At the time of reporting, the video had reached >579,878 people, engaged >49,000 people, and generated approximately 50,000 Facebook post clicks securing an international reach as a result of its language accessibility. The purpose of this activity was to raise awareness of the exclusions of minority and other marginalised groups as characters in Myanmar literature, and to address issues of literary representation and how these operate to exclude people from feeling they are seen, and indeed being seen by others as belonging to Myanmar's social, political and literary landscape. The impacts included raised awareness of ethnic exclusions in Myanmar literature, as well as requests from CSOs for PEN Myanmar to conduct creative writing workshops, and from students for PEN Myanmar to design a curriculum on short-story writing that addresses issues of exclusions of marginalised peoples in Myanmar and their lived social realities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 'More than just words: solidarity and medemer' workshop on Ethiopian politics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Awol Allo, P4P Grant project PI, reports that: "The purpose of the workshop was to bring together individuals with diverse backgrounds in academics, politics and activism to generate ideas and share knowledge on the conceptual and historical mappings of 'Medemer', and on the challenges to a democratic transition in Ethiopia and the transformative promise of 'Medemer'".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 'Representation' panel discussion involving Cherry Soe Mon, Jeepyah Civil Society Development Organisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact More than 101 people attended a panel discussion on pursuing arts in research at the festival of the same name, in which Cherry Soe Mon of Jeepyah Civil Society Development Organisation shared her insights and experiences of integrating artistic products into her P4P research on women's participation in politics in three states/regions in Myanmar, and using these to communicate and influence policy-makers to redress political gender imbalances via illustrations and research, including the erection of billboard sized illustrations near Mon state parliament. This sparked new appreciation of the combined strength of arts and research in advocating for change amongst a range of audiences that included politicians of the Upper House of Parliament in Myanmar, artists, researchers, CSOs and NGOs, development workers, students and members of the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.emref.org/en/multimedia
 
Description 'Representation' panel discussion involving Ram Hlei Thang of Chinbridge Institute, Chin state, Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact More than 101 people attended a panel discussion on political representation, in which Ram Hlei Thang of Chinbridge Institute shared findings from the P4P Grant research project on political engagement and representation amongst the people of Chin state, in Myanmar; and discussed the role of arts in helping disseminate these findings across a broad range of audiences.This sparked new appreciation of the combined strength of arts and research in advocating for greater representation, as well as generating better understanding of the barriers to political representation that people across Myanmar face.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.emref.org/en/multimedia
 
Description 'Submitting Evidence to the UK Parliament', a briefing paper by Emma Crewe 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Emma Crewe developed a briefing paper guiding the academic community on how to submit evidence to the UK Parliament, which was published on the SOAS University of London 'Corridor of Power' blog on 29th May 2020. The blog (https://blogs.soas.ac.uk/cop/) enables SOAS staff and students to use their research to support decision making in Westminster; and Professor Crewe's briefing provides expertise on how best to set about doing this.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://blogs.soas.ac.uk/cop/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Submitting-Evidence-to-the-UK-Parliament.pdf
 
Description A talk by Arsema Worku Tiduneh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From 7-9 September 2020 the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People held asymposium about democracy in Myanmar and Ethiopia. In this webinar presentation Arsema Worku explains how she made her film as part of a GRNPP-funded project 'Deepening Democracy through citizen participation in Ethiopia', led by Deribe Assefa Aga. She wanted to get people to think differently about democracy and about how it begins in households and communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://grnpp.org/output/democratic-realities-in-ethiopia-citizen-participation-and-family-values/
 
Description A talk by Cherry Soe Mon 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From 7-9 September 2020 the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People held a symposium about democracy in Myanmar and Ethiopia. In this webinar presentation Mi Cherry Soe Mon, Director of Jeepyah Civil society Development Organisation, reports on her GRNPP-funded research project. She examined the barriers and opportunities for women's engagement in politics in Mon, Kayin and Thanintharyi regions of Myanmar. The obstacles faced by women politicians were explained by Mi Cherry Soe Mon and represented in beautiful artwork created by Min Arkar Htet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://grnpp.org/output/womens-involvement-in-politics-in-southern-myanmar-2/
 
Description A talk by E Crewe about ethnographic research methods in the Study of Parliament as part of a workshop in Sciences Po, Paris 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact French political scientists listened to this talk, and asked questions during a Q&A, reporting interest in learning more about how to use ethnographic methods in the study of political institutions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.sciencespo.fr/centre-etudes-europeennes/en/node/14368
 
Description A talk by Myat Thet Thitsar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From 7-9 September 2020 the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People held asymposium about democracy in Myanmar and Ethiopia. In this webinar presentation EMReF director Myat Thet Thitsar explains how creative collaborations open up new spaces in which democracy can be understood, scrutinised, debated and communicated. The Ahnu Thutaythana Festival (funded through the RIPE programme) was used as a example of what can be achieved by brining arts, research, and advocacy to public and political attention.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description A talk by Netsanet Gebremichael 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From 7-9 September 2020 the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People held a symposium about democracy in Myanmar and Ethiopia. In this webinar presentation Netsanet Gebremichael (Institute of Ethiopian Studies)y, reports her GRNPP-funded project's research findings mapping women's resistance in historical Ethiopian politics, and examining how women's issues and womanhood have been framed since the time of the Ethiopian student movement of the 1950s-70s. The research drew on archival analysis of the Ethiopian student movement and its oral and written records, as well as the biographies, memoirs, novels, and films written and produced by its women members, and interviews with key women informants. participation in political struggles.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description A talk by Nu Nu Hlaing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From 7-9 September 2020 the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People held a symposium about democracy in Myanmar and Ethiopia. In this webinar presentation Nu Nu Hlaing explains how her organisation, Tavoyan Women's Union, explored the barriers to women's leadership in Myanmar's Tanintharyi region, in their GRNPP-funded project. Using a mixed methods approach to do the research, they disseminated their findings in accessible ways - working with artist Min Arkar Htet to produce cartoons as well as making a short film.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://grnpp.org/output/barriers-to-womens-political-participation-in-myanmar/
 
Description A talk by Pyae Son Aung (Yone Kyi Yar) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From 7-9 September 2020 the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People held a symposium about democracy in Myanmar and Ethiopia. In this webinar presentation Pyae Sone Aung, Research Director at Yone Kyi Yar, explains this how this GRNPP-funded project looked at local governance in Sagaing Township in Mandalay.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://grnpp.org/output/creative-collaboration-about-local-democracy-in-mandalay/
 
Description A talk by Seblewongiel Aynalem 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From 7-9 September 2020 the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People held a symposium about democracy in Myanmar and Ethiopia. In this webinar presentation Seblewongiel Aynalem, from Bahir Dar University, reports her GRNPP-funded project's research findings about child marriage. Her research involved community conversations and an analysis of current attitudes, laws, policies and practices towards child marriage within communities and among politicians.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://grnpp.org/output/addressing-children-marriage-practices-in-amhara-ethiopia/
 
Description A talk by Tesfahun Hailu (Mekelle University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From 7-9 September 2020 the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People held a symposium about democracy in Myanmar and Ethiopia. In this webinar presentation Tesfahun Hailu (Mekelle University, describes the experience of collaborating with researchers and creative artists and using performance and theatre to explore and imagine ideas about political representation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Academic lead on a Parliament-UKRI conference about mobilising global voices 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact SOAS's Network Director (Emma Crewe) conceived of a conference to showcase arts and humanities research and encourage parliamentarians to listen to scholars in the Global South. She was one of two academic leads giving advice about the conference and focused on arranging the final Question Time panel, as well as inviting MPs from Africa, Asia and South America. This conference was attended by 150 scholars, MPs (especially from the International Development Select Committee), parliamentary officials, government representatives (including Minister Baldwin), Global Challenge Research Fund grantees and leads, and UKRI. Our Global Research Network is planning to organise a similar conference, but for scholars and MPs from across Ethiopia, to be hosted by a regional Parliament in coalition with a university. We have compiled the lessons learned from this conference and will submit it to the Liaison Select Committee's inquiry on select committee effectiveness. The 'reverse evidence session', where UK MPs gave evidence to diaspora and scholars from the Global South, has already made a strong impression on Chairs, staff and members of the UK select committee.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Ahnu Thutaythana (arts and research) Festival, by EMReF and GRNPP 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Ahnu Thutaythana (arts and research) Festival evolved from the 'Reducing Inequalities in Public Engagement in Myanmar' project co-led by GRNPP and EMReF, in order to demonstrate the integral role that arts (and humanities) have to play in research and advocacy around deeper and more inclusive democracy. The Festival was attended by the broadest range of civil society members imaginable, from across Myanmar as well as internationally - numbering in the mid-hundreds, and took place over four days at the end of 2019. It provided space for mutual engagement, sharing, debate, discussion on issues of political representation and exclusion affecting marginalised groups based on ethnicity, gender, region, religion, socioeconomic status, and age.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Ahnu Thutaythana Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The purpose was to communicate issues around political engagement in Chin state, Myanmar through the creative collaboration between researchers and artists, in order to make the research more accessible and to deepen its impact and encourage dialogue and reflection, and change in parliamentary-public engagement
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Animation film screening at United Nations Population Fund youth media summit, by Yangon Film School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact 25 people, predominantly aged 18-25 and interested in topics affecting youth, attended a Youth Media Summit in Australia organised by the United Nations Population Fund, where Yangon Film School screened four animations: Kayah Lily, Limbo, Home, Wave. These were made by people in Myanmar who applied to a training course by the Yangon Film School, and who were trained in all aspects of docu-animation making by a professional (with the help of a P4P Grant).

The film showings informed and engaged the primarily young (18-25) international audience at the summit on the topic of gender-based violence in areas of Myanmar affected by conflict and the inclusion of youth in Myanmar's peace process. They also helped to disseminate the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence, especially in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar, and also the potential for young people to engage with the country's peace process on an artistic level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://opportunity.ylnepal.com/the-13th-international-youth-media-summit-july-august-2018
 
Description Art Workshop hosted by Gebre Kirstos Creative Arts Centre - Contesting political representation project led by Prof Kassahun 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Seven artists worked in a variety of media - performance art, paintings and videos - to express ideas about representation and contestation. Resulting collaborations between social scientists and artists- the first of their kind - were exhibited at the Goethe Institute and the Gebre Kirstos Creative Arts Centre in Jan/Feb 2020.
1) "Voices and Collusion" (Installation Art). Inspired by bingo as a narrative, the artist (Assefa Gebrekidan) using installation to explore ruptures, continuity of structures, methods, orderliness and disorders in Ethiopian politics of representation and contestation.
2) The representation of the female body (Video). Performance video, by using her own video the artist Helen Zeru examines multiple identities of Ethiopian female bodies
3) Public Conversation on land (Video).This video by Helen Zeru takes place in public space where groups of people informally and amicable discuss struggles for land.
4) Searching for Contract (institution Art). Using installation of lemon tree - fallen lemons, the artist (Kura Endalew) explores resistance to authoritarian rule and repression methods.
5) The Chair (Painting). A Chair which stands in a living room filled with other furniture is symbolised to represent power - Selome Muleta.
6) Representation - multi identity and ideological homogeneity (collage). Using a collage of photographs, balloons, scripts, the artist Micael Hailu shows how ideological homogeneity severely restricted representation of different identities in Ethiopia.
7) The Chairs, dry tree and a river (Painting). Using a painting the artist (Mihert Dawit) shows the problematic of representation in Ethiopia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.facebook.com/EthiopiaRepresentation-and-Contestation-106472757520604/?modal=admin_todo_t...
 
Description Art exhibition accompanying launch of report on barriers to women's political participation in Myanmar, curated by Cherry Soe Mon and Min Arkar Htet, Jeepyah Civil Society Development Organisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The purpose of the art exhibition as an integral part of the launch of the report on barriers to women's political participation in Mon and other states of Myanmar is explained by the project lead as follows: "We wanted to demonstrate that using art to make points about serious topics could be a very productive way to reach the public, more so than long speeches, which is often how research is launched in Myanmar. We also hoped to draw more attention to our project, and our other outputs, in hopes of finding more outlets to spread and share these through."

Summing up the impact of the art exhbition, Cherry Soe continues: "The attendees of this event were all very impressed by the format, most having never been to an art exhibit with a political focus. They enjoyed having time to engage with the artwork, and also to speak to others and network. We were also very lucky to have the Vice-Chair of the Mon state parliament attend, and he was generous enough to offer a small Q+A session with the people in the audience (most of them younger adults). The informal setting really encouraged people, even people who don't consider themselves political and to think about gendered barriers to political participation. One participant, a local business woman, even commented 'These are things that any woman has experienced and can relate to.'"

The art exhibition featured in media coverage, with one video having been viewed >1900 times on Facebook. It is available to view here: https://www.facebook.com/monnewsagencytv/videos/2090874287678368/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://parliaments4people.com/project/jcsdo/
 
Description Article by E Crewe on the State of Nature blog about democracy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Made contribution to the State of the Nature blog, along with other political theorists, which shared our analysis of the state of democracy but also promoted our Global Research Network on Parliaments and People and its grant-making
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Awareness-raising about grant opportunity at the 20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies in Mekelle, Ethiopia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The SOAS team (Emma Crewe and Jas Kaur) with support from the Forum for Social Studies and Mekelle University ran a 'surgery' for potential applicants at the 20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies held in Mekelle in November 2018. Over 100 scholars registered to receive more information about the grants and many more sought our advice about how to make an application.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Basic research methodology training provided by EMReF to civil society and research organisations in Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact 20 scholars, artists, journalists and activists attended a basic research training course in Yangon (8 days), principally delivered by EMReF with support from SOAS, which was so well-received that participants requested further training (specifically in quantitative research methods)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Billboard illustrations conveying barriers to women's participation in politics in Myanmar, by Cherry Soe Mon and Min Arkar Htet, Jeepyah Civil Society Development Organisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 66,000 people drive by a billboard situated in Mawlamyine, close to the Mon regional parliament, Myanmar, every day. The aim of displaying illustrations advocating for greater inclusion of women in politics on this billboard, the Jeepyah Civil Society Development Organisation P4P project team was "to get lots of attention to the issue of how few women MPs there are. This billboard was to raise awareness." This mechanism of communication also helped galvanise other activists in thinking about "how to use public spaces like billboards to raise awareness and reach the public." Furthermore, "the MP leader of the women and child committee commented that the billboard was an effective tool to raise awareness. This particular woman MP who was also interviewed in our original research project told us that although many days she feels frustrated and burned out, seeing that billboard inspired and encouraged her to keep pushing for gender equality in parliament and in her work. And a female member of the Mon Unity Party reported to us that there is increasing understanding and acceptance of the importance of making spaces for women's participation within the party, and she suggested that our work and awareness raising had in some part influenced it."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Blog on evaluation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A blog outlining my experience of evaluation - including within the House of Commons, where I advised officials about how to evaluate services provided to MPs, and within this Deepening Democracy Network Plus programme. Our evaluation of DDP involved collaborative ethnography with the whole network of managers, partners, grantees, advisors and stakeholders affected by the programme. Other UK universities have shown considerable interest in our approach to evaluation, which has been explained in a draft learning from practice paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.emmacrewe.com/2020/09/10/30-years-of-experiments-in-evaluation/
 
Description Chinbridge Institute participated at Knowledge Market Place event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The market place event was organized at Mandalay University on 28th /Jan/2020 from 1:00 to 4:00PM. In the knowledge market event, we distributed our printed books on "Understanding Political Representation and Participation in Chin State". We were able to distributed 100 copies.Chinbridge Institute able to distribute books on political representation and participation in Chin State.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Chinland Guardian interviewed Salai Van Cung Lian 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Chinland Guardian interviewed Salai Van Cung Lian on political participation and election in Chin State in 2020, which was published in January 2021. In the interview, Van Cung Lian highlighted Chinbridge research findings on political participation and representation in Chin State with a focus on youth and women political participation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.chinlandguardian.com/16084/?fbclid=IwAR1nU5J9al_qcfqATbjTKtk709H4R97EnxBi2obYL2Aex_WqC8-...
 
Description Comic illustration display about Chin political representation, in Chin state hluttaw, by Chinbridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Parliamentarians, and the general public, can engage with a comic illustration depicting challenges around political representation in Chin state, which has been presented for display in the Chin regional parliament library. The comic episode is the result of a research-based creative collaboration between Chinbridge and creative artists, working together to advocate for greater awareness and to influence changes in public-politician relationships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Conference Presentation by Seblewongiel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Paper on Child Marriage Legislation presented at Women in Academia conference held in Bahir Dar University 19th March 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Conference on arts-based research on politics hosted by EMReF and SOAS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Over 70 scholars, MPs, activists, artists (including film-makers), CSOs, monks and general public (mostly Myanmar but also from India and UK) attended a half day conference (live-streamed on Facebook), promoting the value of arts and humanities in political research, which later led to a series of arts festivals for MPs and researchers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Conference presentation at Political Science Association 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation by E Crewe and R Axelby on 'Democratising Research on Parliaments and People: post-colonial critiques, difficult questions and reshaping practice' giving to political science audience of students and academics to broadcast our programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.psa.ac.uk/conference/psa-annual-international-conference-2018/enhancing-parliamentary-de...
 
Description Conference presentation by EMReF at the Australia National University about representation by sub-national parliaments 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact 60 people attended a presentation by EMReF (Nyein Thiri Swe and Zaw Min Oo) titled 'People Power or Political Pressure? Drivers of Representative Performance in Southern Sub-National Parliaments, Myanmar', i.e., research findings that came out of our programme, stimulating questions and discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://emref.org/en/news/myanmar-update-2019-living-myanmar
 
Description Conference presentation by Jas Kaur and Richard Axelby to ASA, Norwich, Sept 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Jas Kaur and Richard Axelby (SOAS) presented 'Entangled engagements: anthropology's holistic approach to the Global Challenges' at the Association of Social Anthropologists Conference, Norwich, 5 Sept 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.theasa.org/conferences/asa19/
 
Description Conference presentation on public engagement and parliamentary representation in Ethiopia, by Defferew Kebebe and team 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 250 people attended a presentation on public engagement and parliamentary representation in Ethiopia, at the Ethiopian Public Administration Association annual conference in January 2020, sparking questions and debate on how to improve public-political relationships.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Conference talk in the House of Commons about researching select committees 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact PI Emma Crewe and Nicholas Sarra gave a presentation about their on-going anthropological/psychological research on House of Commons select committees at the 40th celebration (27-28 May 2019), as the request of parliamentary officials, and stimulated debate especially among those working on committees. Positive feedback was received from the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://houseofcommons.shorthandstories.com/select-committees-40/
 
Description Dedicated website for the network and its grant-making programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A website created to explain our network and its grant-making programme, showcase research by national scholars and provide learning and methodologies that enable multidisciplinary research on the study of parliaments and their relationship with the rest of society
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL http://parliaments4people.com
 
Description Democracy-themed performances and plays in classical Myanmar style, by Inwa School of Performing Arts 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Tour of 30 democracy-themed performances and newly commissioned plays in the classical Myanmar style, in 18 towns, attracting hundreds of viewers across a range of ethnicities, genders and ages, including the general public and parliamentarians.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.artsmandalay.org/inwa-troupe-tours-for-tolerance.html
 
Description Discussion about early Kunama grassroots political movement, by Mitiku Gabrehiwot, Ethiopia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 40 people from amongst the Kunama people of Ethiopia participated in a discussion and knowledge-sharing event about the earliest Kunama grassroots political movement . The event was used to address and frame themes of Kunama political participation. The event created an opportunity to create a platform to bridge inter-generational understanding . Outcomes included the active participation of the elderly and the youth, close dialogue between the youth and the elderly on matters of local political participation. The team observed a change in the level of acceptance and participation of the Kunama in other activities implemented by the team; which can be taken as an impact on the behaviour of the participants and increased level of belongingness in the local political developments. A rise in the level and magnitude of engagement with the team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Dissemination of illustrations about the divided relationship between people and parliamentarians in Ethiopia, by Defferew Kebebe and team 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Residents across Addis Ababa were given copies of, and engaged with, illustrations depicting the divided relationship between people and parliamentarians - inspired by research conducted by Ethiopian scholars Defferew Kebebe, Challa Amdissa, and Aklilu Wubet - sparking reflections and comments on the state of public-politician relationships and hopes for change,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Dissemination of leaflets on political engagement and representation in Chin, Myanmar, by Chinbridge Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 700 leaflets were distributed to a wide range of stakeholders across Chin state, Myanmar, detailing the status of political representation in Chin state based on P4P Grant project findings
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Dissemination of research on (agro-)pastoral communities like the Ethiopian Kunama amongst African scholars, by Mitiku Gabrehiwot 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A network of scholars from Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Sudan researching (agro-)pastoral communities came together to share knowledge and foster cross-country links. including on P4P scholar Mitiku Gabrehiwot's research on the Kunama people of Ethiopia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Docu-animation film screening by Yangon Film School, at 14th Sardinia Film Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 27 people in Italy interested in animation attended a screening of the docu-animations LIMBO and KAYAH-LILY made by Yangon Film School students whose training was supported by a P4P Grant.The purpose of the screening was to inform and engage a primarily local Myanmar audience on the topic of gender-based violence in areas of Myanmar affected by conflict and the use of animated documentary by young Myanmar filmmakers to broach sensitive topics. The screening was successful in disseminating the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence, esp. in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar and also the potential for young people to engage with such topics on an artistic level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.sardiniafilmfestival.it
 
Description Docu-animation film screening by Yangon Film School, at 17th Bogo Shorts International Short Film Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact More than 200 people in Bogota, Colombia, interested in animation attended a screening of the docu-animations LIMBO and KAYAH-LILY made by Yangon Film School students whose training was supported by a P4P Grant.The purpose of the screening was to inform and engage a primarily local Myanmar audience on the topic of gender-based violence in areas of Myanmar affected by conflict and the use of animated documentary by young Myanmar filmmakers to broach sensitive topics. The screening was successful in disseminating the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence, esp. in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar and also the potential for young people to engage with such topics on an artistic level
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Docu-animation film screening by Yangon Film School, at Ahnu Thutaythana Festival, Yangon 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact More than 60 people across CSOs, NGOs, the general public, policy-makers, students and religious adherents attended a screening of the docu-animation LIMBO made by Yangon Film School students whose training was supported by a P4P Grant.The purpose of the screening was to inform and engage a primarily local Myanmar audience on the topic of gender-based violence in areas of Myanmar affected by conflict and the use of animated documentary by young Myanmar filmmakers to broach sensitive topics. The screening was successful in disseminating the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence, esp. in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar and also the potential for young people to engage with such topics on an artistic level
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Docu-animation film screening by Yangon Film School, at Animatou International Animation Film Festival, Geneva, Switzerland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 60 film festival-goers attended a screening of the Yangon FIlm School produced docu-animation 'Limbo', which was also nominated for Best Short Documentary Animation Film at the Animatou International Animation Film Festival in Switzerland. Limbo is one of four docu-animations made by students of the YFS film school, with support for the Animation Tutor coming from a P4P Grant. The purpose of the screening was to inform and engage a primarily Swiss audience on the topic of gender-based violence in areas of Myanmar affected by conflict and the use of animated documentary by young Myanmar filmmakers to broach sensitive topics. The impact was changing people's perception of the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence, especially in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar and also the potential for young people to engage with such topics on an artistic level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://animatou.com
 
Description Docu-animation film screening by Yangon Film School, at Factual Animation Film Festival, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 120 festival-goers, film industry professionals, and students attended a screening of the docu-animation 'Limbo' made by Yangon Film School students, whose training was supported by a P4P Grant.The purpose of the screening was to inform and engage a primarily UK audience on the topic of gender-based violence in areas of Myanmar affected by conflict and the use of animated documentary by young Myanmar filmmakers to broach sensitive topics. The impact of the screening was to generate learning amongst UK professionals and students about the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence, especially in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar and also the potential for young people to engage with such topics on an artistic level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://noentryfeefestivals.com/2018/09/02/factual-animation-film-festival
 
Description Docu-animation film screening by Yangon Film School, at Forum for Peace 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact A national audience of 70 people, predominantly aged 18-25 of diverse ethnic backgrounds and interested in topics affecting youth and the peace process in Myanmar, attended a peace forum in Yangon, Myanmar, organised by 'People in Need' - where Yangon Film School screened four docu-animations exploring gender-based violence in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar. These docu-animations were made by people from across the country who participated in a YFS docu-animation training school, supported by a P4P Grant. The purpose of the screenings was to inform and engage the primarily young (18-25) national audience on the topic of gender-based violence in areas of Myanmar affected by conflict and the inclusion of youth in Myanmar's peace process. The impact was the ability to disseminate the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence, especially in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar, and also the potential for young people to engage with the country's peace process on an artistic level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Docu-animation film screening by Yangon Film School, at French Institut, Yangon 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact 400 CSOs, NGOs, diplomats, women's groups working on peace process,Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process, Kachin Peace Network, Gender and Development Institute Myanmar, ethnic journalists and peace activists attended a screening of the docu-animation LIMBO. This was made by Yangon Film School students, such as Nu Nu Hlaing, following training supported by a P4P Grant. The purpose of the screening, which took place at an event celebrating International Women's Day, was to inform and engage a primarily national Myanmar audience on the topic of gender-based violence in areas of Myanmar affected by conflict and the use of animated documentary by young Myanmar filmmakers to broach sensitive topics. The screening was successful in disseminating the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence, esp. in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar and also the potential for young people to engage with such topics on an artistic level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Docu-animation film screening by Yangon Film School, at Harkat Studio, Mumbai, India 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 173 (student) film- and animation-makers, mostly Indian, attended a screening of four Yangon Film School produced docu-animations in India, hosted by YFS' Animation Tutor, Debjani Mukherjee. The docu-animations were made by YFS students from Myanmar, representing experiences of gender-based violence in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar. The purpose of the screening was to inform and engage the primarily Indian audience on the topic of gender-based violence in areas of Myanmar affected by conflict and the use of animated documentary by young Myanmar filmmakers to broach sensitive topics. The impact of the screening was to communicate the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence, especially in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar and also the potential for young people to engage with such topics on an artistic level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.harkat.in
 
Description Docu-animation film screening by Yangon Film School, at Non Stop Barcelona Animation Film Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 40 people interested in animation attended a screening of the docu-animations LIMBO and KAYAH-LILY made by Yangon Film School students whose training was supported by a P4P Grant.The purpose of the screening was to inform and engage a primarily local Myanmar audience on the topic of gender-based violence in areas of Myanmar affected by conflict and the use of animated documentary by young Myanmar filmmakers to broach sensitive topics. The screening was successful in disseminating the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence, esp. in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar and also the potential for young people to engage with such topics on an artistic level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.nonstopbarcelona.com
 
Description Docu-animation film screening by Yangon Film School, at Travelling Cinema Screenings in Chin state, Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 382 people - 250 soldiers from Chin National Front, 17 small and medium entrepreneurs, 25 members of the Chin Hluttaw (parliament) including 5 Tatmadaw (Burmese military) representatives, 90 participants including 40 adults and children with disabilities - attended a screening of the docu-animations made by Yangon Film School students whose training was supported by a P4P Grant.The purpose of the screening was to inform and engage a primarily local Myanmar audience on the topic of gender-based violence in areas of Myanmar affected by conflict and the use of animated documentary by young Myanmar filmmakers to broach sensitive topics. The screening was successful in disseminating the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence, esp. in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar and also the potential for young people to engage with such topics on an artistic level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Docu-animation film screening by Yangon Film School, at Tribal Animation Film Festival, India 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 63 mostly Indian film festival-goers interested in animation attended a screening of four docu-animations made by Yangon Film School students whose training was supported by a P4P Grant. The aim of the screening was to inform and engage a primarily Indian audience on the topic of gender-based violence in areas of Myanmar affected by conflict and the use of animated documentary by young Myanmar filmmakers to broach sensitive topics. It succeeded in disseminating the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence, esp. in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar and also the potential for young people to engage with such topics on an artistic level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.facebook.com/events/north-eastern-hill-university/tribal-animation-film-festival/3097551...
 
Description Docu-animation film screening by Yangon Film School, at UNFPA Women's Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 400 people in Myanmar attended a screening of the docu-animations HOME and LIMBO - made by Yangon Film School students whose training was supported by a P4P Grant - in honour of a women's day event organised by the United National Populations Fund. The purpose of the screening was to inform and engage a primarily local Myanmar audience on the topic of gender-based violence in areas of Myanmar affected by conflict and the use of animated documentary by young Myanmar filmmakers to broach sensitive topics. The screening was successful in disseminating the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence, esp. in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar and also the potential for young people to engage with such topics on an artistic level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Docu-animation film screening by Yangon Film School, at Watersprite Film Festival, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 200 mainly UK-based film festival-goers interested in animation attended a screening of docu-animation LIMBO, made by Yangon Film School students whose training was supported by a P4P Grant. The film was nominated for Impact and Documentary Awards at the festival. The purpose of the screening was to inform and engage a primarily UK audience on the topic of gender-based violence in areas of Myanmar affected by conflict and the use of animated documentary by young Myanmar filmmakers to broach sensitive topics. It succeeded in disseminating the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence, esp. in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar and also the potential for young people to engage with such topics on an artistic level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.watersprite.org.uk
 
Description Docu-animation film screening by Yangon Film School, at the British Film Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UK film festival-goers interested in animation attended a UK screening of four docu-animations made by students of the Yangon Film School, whose training was supported by a P4P grant. The purpose of the screening was to inform and engage a primarily UK audience on the topic of gender-based violence in areas of Myanmar affected by conflict and the use of animated documentary by young Myanmar filmmakers to broach sensitive topics. And the impact was to successfully disseminate the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence, esp. in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar and also the potential for young people to engage with such topics on an artistic level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Docu-animation series 'Stand Up for Women! Stand Up for Peace!' film screening by Yangon Film School, in Switzerland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact 25 international (largely Swiss) members of the Anne-Marie Schindler Foundation and local cinema-goers interested in Myanmar attended a screening of the 'Stand Up for Women! Stand Up for Peace!' series of docu-animations that were made by students of the Yangon Film School, whose training was supported by a P4P Grant. The purpose of the screening was to inform and engage a primarily Swiss audience on the work of the Yangon Film School and the use of animated documentary by the School's young Myanmar filmmakers to broach sensitive topics. The impact of the screening was to communicate to a new audience the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence, especially in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar and also the potential for young people to engage with such topics on an artistic level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Engagement focused website on research about Kunama people in Ethiopia, by Mitiku Gabrehiwot 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An online documentation and dissemination platform related to the P4P anthropology project led by Mitiku Gabrehiwot about the Kunama people of Ethiopia.The site content allows people to engage with the research project and process, and aids access to information on the little known Kunama people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019,2020
URL https://kunama-voice-p4p.tumblr.com
 
Description Engagement in a UK Parliament International Development Select Committee reverse evidence session, by Mitiku Gabrehiwot 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact More than 50 people attended a reverse evidence session at the UK Parliament, where global south scholars including P4P grant scholar Mitiku Gabrehiwot asked questions of the International Development Select Committee, in order to prompt discussion and reflection on the processes and practices - and limitations and exclusions - inscribed in current models of evidence-giving on topics of international development affecting the global south. The aim was to facilitate greater understanding and collaborative thinking about how to enable global south experts to participate in giving evidence on issues that affect their countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Ethnographic Film Screening at SOAS - showing grantees' films 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact SOAS team (Richard Axelby and Jas Kaur) ran the Anthropology Department's Ethnographic Film Series term 2 (2019) showing grantees' films to at least 60 staff, students and general public as follows: Till Trojer (dir.) introduces 'Shadow Caravans - The Ethos of the 'Afar Salt Trade'; and 'Dancing Grass: Harvesting Teff in the Tigrean Highlands", a film by Mitiku Gabrehiwot (dir. and one of our grantees) (16th January 2019); Olisalari Olibui (dir. and one of our grantees) and Ben Young (producer) introduce 'Shooting with Mursi' (23rd January 2019); and Lindsey Merrison (dir. and one of our grantees) 'Friends in High Places' (6th March 2019).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/events/ethnographic-film-series/index.php?showprevious=1
 
Description Facebook publicising the grant-making schemes in Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact This Facebook page (in Burmese and English) was posted by Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation, our partner in Yangon, to publicise the grant and received 1.6 K hits, 47 comments and 538 shares
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/emrefmyanmar/photos/a.1613319758915964.1073741828.1612747712306502/20284237...
 
Description Facilitation of workshops - Ethiopian women scholars' workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Forum for Social Studies ran a women-only scholars workshop in Addis Ababa of 37 participants to explain the grant-making programme and advise on research design as well as integrating arts and humanities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Facilitation of workshops - launching the programme in Ethiopia through workshops in Addis Ababa, Assosa and Mekelle 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact SOAS and FSS facilitated workshops for approximately 70 participants (scholars, artists, film-makers, writers and NGO activists) in Addis Ababa, Assosa, and Mekelle to launch and explain the grant-making programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Film screening at an international film festival, by Yangon Film School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 100 people from across Japan, and internationally, who are interested in the use of animation in the context of communicating and commenting on political topics, attended the 17th Hiroshima International Animation Film Festival, where they watched two Yangon Film School produced docu-animations, KAYAH LILY and LIMBO. These were made by teams of people in Myanmar trained by YFS and a film-maker (via a P4P grant), based on gender-based violence in areas of conflict in Myanmar, whose stories they collected and interpreted through animation. The purpose of the film showings was to inform and engage international and Japanese audiences in Japan on the topic. The showing helped disseminate the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.awn.com/event/17th-international-animated-film-festival-hiroshima-2018
 
Description Film showing about South Omo political representation and the use of theatre as advocacy, by Olisarali Olibiu and Tesfahun Hailu 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact P4P Grant recipient Olisarali Olibui and his artist-researcher collaborative partner Tesfahun Hailu, presented a film about political representation of the South Omo people and the use of theatre to advance knowledge and advocacy around improving this; to an audience of 100 students and researchers from across Ethiopia and internationally, at Mekelle University, Ethiopia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Focus Group Discussion in Falam on political relationships in Chin state, Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 30 people from Falam in Chin state participated in a focus group discussion to identify challenges and issues around the relationship between people and parliaments, and ways to improve this.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Focus Group Discussion in Hakha town on political relationships in Chin state, Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 22 people from Hakha town in Chin state participated in a focus group discussion to identify challenges and issues around the relationship between people and parliaments, and ways to improve this.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Focus Group Discussion on Literature Inclusiveness in Myanmar, by PEN Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 27 writers, editors and literary experts from a range of ethnic backgrounds, comprised of 19 men and 11 women, participated in a focus group discussion on the findings of research, led by Ma Thida and the PEN Myanmar team, about the lack of representation - of ethnic and other sociopolitically marginalised groups - in Myanmar literature.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Focus Group Discussion with Buanlung villagers on political relationships in Chin state, Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 33 people from Buanlung village in Chin state participated in a focus group discussion to identify challenges and issues around the relationship between people and parliaments, and ways to improve this.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Focus Group Discussion with Congthia villagers on political relationships in Chin state, Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 75 people from Congthia village in Chin state participated in a focus group discussion to identify challenges and issues around the relationship between people and parliaments, and ways to improve this.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description GRNPP website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Global Research Network on Parliaments and People website is a platform for communication, dissemination, advocacy, and knowledge- and research-sharing on issues relevant to the study of parliaments, politicians, people, democracy, and their interactions with one another primarily in Ethiopia and Myanmar but globally too. Website content is shared periodically across other social media platforms, in order to reach a broader global audience and set of interlocutors interested in parliaments and people, and the barriers and opportunities around deepening democracy around the world.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019,2020
URL https://parliaments4people.com
 
Description Global University Film Awards (GUFA) - YFS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Global University Film Awards (GUFA),Online Event - Hong Kong, to inform and engage international audiences with the topic of gender-based violence in areas of Myanmar affected by conflict. YFS film "Limbo" took part as finalist in a live screening event at 'Laundry Steps' Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood, Central, Hong Konghttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfLbipw0FzHdIlSMPlTcjDg
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfLbipw0FzHdIlSMPlTcjDg
 
Description History of Law, Constitution, Parliament and Law-making in Ethiopia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The activity included the publication of Amharic articles in the form of a newspaper. The first two parts of the newspaper published on "History of Law, Constitution, Parliament, and Law-making in Ethiopia", intended to introduce the target audience to the historic background of the legal arrangements in Ethiopia, that of why and how constitutions and other laws were promulgated historically. By doing so, it makes an introduction for the main subject matters to be covered in the following weeks, i.e. the need for, and modality and timing of, as well as legal related issues on right for public participation in law-making at the parliament level and that of the role of CSOs in federal parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://addismaleda.com/archives/category/parlama
 
Description How a major anti-colonial victory divided Ethiopia. by Awol Allo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Awol Allo argues that the Victory of Adwa has been a very divisive issue in Ethiopia for decades. But it's time to change that.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/major-anti-colonial-victory-divided-ethiopia-1902281047284...
 
Description Human Rights Foundation of Monland (Myanmar) website article, on research on barriers to women's political participation conducted by Cherry Soe Mon of Jeepyah Civil Society Development Organisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact More than 10,000 people visit the news pages of the Human Rights Foundation of Monland's website, which features some of the major findings of Cherry Soe Mon's P4P Grant research on women's political participation in Mon and other states in Myanmar. Thereby generating awareness amongst human rights and other civil society organisations, as well as members of the general public and other audiences, of the barriers that women face when trying to participate in political life.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Iain Dale podcast on historical ethnography of the House of Commons expenses scandal 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Listeners provided with a 'podcast' by well-known LBC broadcaster Iain Dale. He interviewed the authors (PI Emma Crewe and former House of Commons official Andrew Walker) about their novel research project. The numbers are difficult to discover but are likely to run into the 1000s. This was in the same week as the book launch of 'Extraordinary Scandal', a book that reveals what happened in the run up to this crisis, which was attended by around 80 parliamentary officials and academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://player.fm/series/iain-dales-book-club/chapter-74-emma-crewe-and-andrew-walker
 
Description Insights on Academic publication: film by Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira, editor of Parliamentary Affairs, shares her insights on selecting the right journal for your article and on the publication process. A contribution to the British Academy Writing Workshop, October 2019, Mekelle, Ethiopia, led by Dr Richard Axelby (SOAS) and Mitiku Gabrehiwot (Mekelle University).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7L5lbxQNYw&t=31s
 
Description International symposium series on Parliament and People 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact This series of online symposia - hosted by SOAS over three days - showcased new interdisciplinary research on the relationship between parliaments and Peoples in Ethiopia and Myanmar. Bringing together researchers from Myanmar and Ethiopia the event offer a chance to consider three key themes that have arisen from the p4p project: exclusion/inclusion; gender and representation; creative collaboration and the arts. This was an opportunity to showcase the achievements of our Deepening Democracy programme and our partners' and grantees' outputs, and to facilitate communication between a range of academics, university research professionals and civil society activists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Interview on Nobel Peace Prize 2019 with TRT World (Turkish news broadcaster) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The purpose of the interview was to discuss why and how Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) earned the Nobel Peace Prize and the impacts this will have on Ethiopia and Africa. Awol Allo argued that the Nobel Peace Prize was well-earned and will have a positive impact on Ethiopia's political transformation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNUmiwPkHuQ
 
Description Interview on public engagement and parliamentary representation in Ethiopia, by Challa Amdissa 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Challa Amdissa, Co-I on a P4P supported project exploring how public engagement can strengthen parliamentary representation in Ethiopia, provided insights into the research findings and recommendations to Ethiopian media outlet 'The Reporter'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Interview with 'Addis Dialogue' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The purpose of the interview was to discuss the challenges, potentials and current trajectory of political transformation in Ethiopia ever since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) came into office. Awol Allo argued that while democratic transition remains highly turbulent, it sets the best possible foundation for the Ethiopian state.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ned1Y8a7Gm8
 
Description Interview with Fana Television 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The purpose of the interview was to expound on the socio-political matters impacting the current political transformation in Ethiopia and the historical circumstances that have led to them. The challenges to the transition and the various nationalistic forms it has taken over its course were also discussed, thereby shining a light on the multifaceted challenges facing the Ethiopian state at a time of political transition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVJwm0AMq0w&feature=youtu.be
 
Description Kachin party politics during parliamentary period in Burma Part I and II (newspaper articles), Danseng Lawn, Kachinland Research Centre, Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Kachinland Research Centre sought to bring to the media and the general public's attention it's research on the history of Kachin political party development, activity, challenges, and limitations, during the parliamentary period from 1948 to 1962.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Keynote address 'Arts: Search for Truth; and Research: Arts of Search for Truth', by Ma Thida San Chaung, PEN Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact More than 101 people ranging from policy-makers, researchers, artists, CSO and NGO leaders, attended a workshop on 'Pursuing Arts in Research' at which Ma Thida San Chaung, of PEN Myanmar gave a keynote address on the integration of arts and research, and their combined search for truth; which sparked interest in researchers and artists about the possibilities of collaborating on projects relating to Myanmar's social and political landscape.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Keynote speech at conference in the UK Parliament on parliamentary research in a digital age 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Emma Crewe gave the keynote speech at a conference hosted by the House of Commons, House of Lords, and the European Centre for Parliamentary Research and Documentation on 'The Search for Rigorous Evidence to Inform Politics and Politicians' to about 120 officials (mostly researchers and librarians) from across Europe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Launch event of illustrated report on local governance in Mandalay, by Pyae Sone Aung of Yone Kyi Yar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 32 parliamentarians, students, CSOs, NGOs, and ward administrators attended the launch of an illustrated report on local governance in a Mandalay township, which contained watercolour paintings depicting significant research findings and were the product of a creative collaboration P4P grant. 240 copies of the booklet were distributed to regional MPs. and a further 160 were distributed to a range of local citizens.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Launch of report analysing parliamentary performance in Myanmar (2015-1019), by Myat The Thitsar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 95 parliamentarians, CSOs, politically engaged stakeholders - both from within and outside Myanmar - participated in the launch event of a report analysing state and regional parliamentary performance, based on a P4P project led by Myat The Thitsar. The research was undertaken in order to provide a reliable and valid reference source to communicate and engage with key stakeholders about improvements and gaps in the country's democratic transition. The analysis is helping strengthen the capabilities of sub-national legislatures and revitalise a culture of engagement between legislatures, CSOs and local leaders, thereby producing positive impact on decentralization and federal democracy processes and practices in Myanmar. People attending the launch event engaged in discussion and reflection about how parliamentary performance across Myanmar can be strengthened to deepen democracy and help create strong institutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Launch of the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People in Westminster 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 80 academics, parliamentary officials, politicians, and NGO staff attended a launch of our network, with Baroness Amos doing the keynote and a panel of Co-Investigator Niraja Gopal Jayal, film-maker Janet Boston, NGO director Greg Power, chaired by CI Ruth Fox, followed by a discussion about making the network and our Deepening Democracy grant-making programme as effective as possible
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTw46Pu6X2w
 
Description Launch of the new RAI Committee on Policy and Practice 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Wednesday 27 November at 5.30 pm
The RAI is launching a new committee for both academic and policy/practitioner anthropologists, and those who consider themselves both, as well as social scientists interested in anthropology in the UK and overseas. The question for this committee is why, how, and when anthropology has value and influence in policy-making and practice, whether through partnership, advice, support, dissent, subversion or critical engagement. In encouraging closer relationships between scholars, policy-makers and practitioners, we will aim to create opportunities for dialogue, study and access into organisations. For the first three years we will encourage a focus on the relationship (and gaps) between rules, policies and practices, more effective ways to communicate and a fuller understanding of 5 urgent themes: (1) climate crisis, (2) mobilities, (3) ethics, (4) the state, and (5) artificial intelligence.
Please come to our launch to hear more and influence our plans.
Speakers:
Gerhard Anders, University of Edinburgh
Andrew Clayton, DFID
Emma Crewe, SOAS, University of London
Ruba Salih, SOAS University of London
Imani Strong-Tucker - PhD Candidate in the Anthropology of Policy
Discussant: Richard Clarke, Director General for Policy, Research and Humanitarian at DFID
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-of-policy-and-practice-committee-tickets-77811695877#
 
Description Launch workshop in Yangon, Myanmar hosted by Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation and SOAS jointly ran a workshop for potential network members, and applicants to our grant-making programme, in October 2017 in Yangon and received advice about how to design the programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Multi-stakeholder engagement workshop on the Kunama people of Ethiopia, led by Mitiku Gabrehiwot 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 25 people including Kunama elders, members of local parliament, local administrators, police and security heads participated in a workshop to introduce and disseminate details of the P4P project on Ethiopia's Kunama people, to listen to feedback and recommendations, and to establish key research partners.Some key outputs of the event included reported changes in the attitudes of local administrators and key Kunama elders, who accepted the need for research into and documentation about grassroots political participation amongst the Kunama people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://parliaments4people.com/project/mekelle
 
Description National television interview on public engagement and parliamentary representation in Ethiopia, by Defferew Kebebe and Challa Amdissa 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Thousands of viewers of the 'Enderase' (parliament) programme on Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation were reached by the P4P project team members researching how deeper and more inclusive public engagement can strengthen parliamentary representation in Ethiopia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description New website for Global Research Network on Parliaments and People showcasing our Deepening Democracy Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In 2020 we upgraded our website from www.parliaments4people.com to www.grnpp.org to be able to display our grantees' work more comprehensively. We have pages for each grantee and an outputs library to make their creative and academic work more accessible. The feedback on the new website has been positive from a range of viewers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.grnpp.org
 
Description On Rafael Behr's podcast Politics on the Couch 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This podcast was mainly about trying to understand politicians anthropologically - the riffs, rhythms and rituals of their work - but also explained the importance of investing in global south scholars to research politics for the case of deepening democracy. Positive feedback about the podcast with listeners saying that the dialogue drew their attention to aspects of parliamentary process that they learned about for the first time
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://politics-on-the-couch.zencast.website/episodes/the-political-animal-a-breed-apart
 
Description Ongoing Rohingya repatriation efforts are doomed to failure. by Nasir Uddin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Nasir Uddin write for Al-jazeera on the plight of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/ongoing-rohingya-repatriation-efforts-doomed-failure-18112...
 
Description Online Award Ceremony - YFS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact World Health Organisation 'Health for All' Film Festival Awards Ceremony, May 2020. Online award ceremony for winners of the best films on the topic of health. Limbo was awarded the GRAND PRIX for best Animated Film (1,500 entries) and received a trophy and cash prize of 10,000 USD.368,000 views for online awards ceremony available in English, French and Spanish through WHO web, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Youtube. 15,500 likes for this awards ceremony through all platforms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.who.int/initiatives/the-health-for-all-film-festival
 
Description Panel discussion on political representation among the Kunama people of Ethiopia, led by Mitiku Gabrehiwot 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 15 community leaders and former local peasant association leaders in Kunama, Ethiopia, participated in a panel discussion to share their experiences and how they communicate with the general public. Mr Sahle Gerere, the first peasant representative of Kunama shared his experience with new community leaders, generating discussion, reflection, and changes in attitudes.Mr Gerere's life experience is providing a role model for Kunama emerging leaders; and a short film is being produced based on his life experience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Panel on decolonising knowledge with E Crewe and partners 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This webinar panel - Whose Knowledge Matters? - was chaired by Jastinder Kaur, with Emma Crewe (PI, UK), Myat Thet Thitsar (partner, Myanmar) and Sewit Haileselassie Tadesse (grantee, Ethiopia) as speakers, as part of a SOAS Festival of Ideas conference. Collectively we made the argument and provide evidence for challenging the global hierarchies of knowledge, arguing that while talent is equally distributed across the world, opportunities are chronically unequal. The audience actively participation, asking many questions, and the feedback on the panel was positive. The recording of the panel is on the SOAS YouTube channel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cud7ZTIebF0
 
Description Parliamentarian-focused workshop on a new Web-based app to enhance public-parliamentarian communication, facilitated by Mercy Mulugeta and BRIDGE research team 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 7 parliamentarians along with the P4P supported BRIDGE project team explored possible ways in which a new Web-based app could help ameliorate challenges to political participation in Ethiopia. Parliamentarians were able to access the draft Web based App, formulated by the BRIDGE research project team, on their smartphones, explore its features, and provide feedback to enhance its development and finalisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Parliaments and People - new research by p4p grant-holders presented at Mekelle University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Twelve P4P grant holders presented their research findings on the relationship between parliaments and people to an audience at Mekelle University, Ethiopia, 31st October 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Participation in TV book programme to promote book on parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Emma Crewe took part in BookTalk with her co-author, Andrew Walker, and presenter Mark D'Arcy, to explain her research findings about the expenses scandal as an example of collaborative historical-ethnographic research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.com/programmes/m000flkz
 
Description Participation in panel discussion on 'Freedom of Expression', by Danseng Lawn of Kachinland Research Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact More than 101 people from across policy-makers, the general public, researchers, artists, religious leaders, NGOs and CSOs inside and outside Myanmar, attended a panel discussion on freedom of expression at the Ahnu Thutaythana Festival, at which Danseng Lawn of the Kachinland Research Centre talked about the issue and how it affects the Kachin people and inclusiveness more generally in the country of Myanmar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.emref.org/en/multimedia
 
Description Participation in panel discussion on 'Peace', by Mi Mi Lwin (P4P Grantee) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact More than 101 people attended a panel discussion on peace at the Ahnu Thutaythana Festival in Yangon on 1st December 2019, at which Mi Mi Lwin discussed the outbreak of violence against Muslims in the country during Eid (May 2019) and the emergence of the White Rose campaign in response to this, in which non-Muslim Myanmar citizens sought to extend the hand of friendship, inclusion and peace to the Muslims in their midst; and which Mi Mi and other artistic collaborators explored and represented in an animated film.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.emref.org/en/multimedia
 
Description Participation in panel discussion on 'Pursuing Arts in Research', by Cherry Soe Mon of Jeepyah Civil Society Development Organisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact More than 101 people ranging from policy-makers, researchers, artists, CSO and NGO leaders, attended a workshop on 'Pursuing Arts in Research' at which Cherry Soe Mon, Executive Director of Jeepyah Civil Society Development Organisation participated in a debate on the topic; and which sparked interest in researchers and artists about the possibilities of collaborating on projects relating to Myanmar's social and political landscape.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Participation in panel discussion on 'Pursuing Arts in Research', by Danseng Lawn of Kachinland Research Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact More than 101 people ranging from policy-makers, researchers, artists, CSO and NGO leaders attended a workshop on 'Pursuing Arts in Research' at which Danseng Lawn of the Kachinland Research Centre participated in a panel discussion on the topic; and which sparked interest in researchers and artists about the possibilities of collaborating on projects relating to Myanmar's social and political landscape.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Participation in panel discussion on 'Representation' by Pyae Sone Aung of Yone Kyi Yar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact More than 101 people attended a panel discussion on representation at the Ahnu Thutaythana Festival, in which Paye Sone Aung of Yone Kyi Yar shared findings from the P4P Grant research project on political engagement and representation in Sagaing township in Mandalay, in Myanmar; and discussed the role of arts in helping disseminate these findings across a broad range of audiences.This sparked new appreciation of the combined strength of arts and research in advocating for greater representation, as well as generating better understanding of the barriers to political representation that people across Myanmar face.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.emref.org/en/multimedia
 
Description Participation in panel discussion on 'Representation', Nu Nu Hlaing of Tavoyan Women's Union 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact More than 101 people drawn from across policy-makers, students, CSOs, NGOs, media, general public, researchers, artists, religious leaders attended a panel on political engagement and representation across Myanmar, at which Nu Nu Hlaing of Tavoyan Women's Union shared her research on barriers to women's participation in politics in Tanintharyi region and the use of arts to help disseminate findings and communicate and influence policy-makers as well as members of the general public. This generated greater awareness of issues around political representation amongst the audience, as well as appreciation for the integration of arts and research in advocating for change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.emref.org/en/multimedia
 
Description Participation in panel discussion on women in peace, by Yangon Film School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact 400 CSO, NGOs, diplomats, women's groups working on peace process, AGIPP, Kachin Peace Network, Gender and Development Institute Myanmar, ethnic journalists and peace activists, attended a screening of the docu-animations LIMBO made by Yangon Film School students whose training was supported by a P4P Grant.The purpose of the screening was to inform and engage a primarily local Myanmar audience on the topic of gender-based violence in areas of Myanmar affected by conflict and the use of animated documentary by young Myanmar filmmakers to broach sensitive topics. The screening was successful in disseminating the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence, esp. in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar and also the potential for young people to engage with such topics on an artistic level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Podcast on parliament for senior civil servants in the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The podcast, recorded on 4 December 2020 by E Crewe and a former parliamentary official convening a course at UCL, was part of a staff development course provided by UCL. The inclusion of anthropological insights into the working of parliament was well-received by organisers as a unique contribution to the course.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Policy skills workshop for postgraduates in the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk at a policy skills workshop for 40-50 postgraduates from across the UK held at UCL on 'Conducting research within policy institutions: the UK Parliament'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Post-legislative Effectiveness Study 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Post-legislative study was conducted in 4 states and regions across Myanmar in collaboration with local CSOs organization. Its purpose was to analyze the effectiveness of a law which has been published as well as active but need to be reviewed at present in each state and region and to produce a policy brief that will be used for future engagements with sub-national governments and parliaments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description Presentation at GCRF Network Plus Launch Event, by Emma Crewe 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Emma Crewe, Director of the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People, gave a presentation to the online meeting of the GCRF Network Plus community on 20th May 2020, in order to share knowledge, best practice, and learnings that have accrued in the course of administering the 'Deepening Democracy' programme and the P4P Grant scheme. The presentation encouraged new GCRF Network Plus grant-holders to approach their projects by thinking about relationships and processes, sustainability and legacy; and garnered positive response from participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation by Kaur, Crewe, Axelby, Worku to Anthropology Department Seminar at SOAS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A presentation titled 'Decolonising International Research Coalitions' given by Emma Crewe, Richard Axelby, Jas Kaur, and Bethel Worku (SOAS) to the SOAS Anthropology Departmental Seminar, 20 March 2019. The audience of SOAS academics and students was introduced to the aims, objectives of the p4p scheme and the ways in which the approach of the GRNPP core team are influence by anthropology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.soas.ac.uk/anthropology/events/anthropology-departmental-seminar/20mar2019-decolonising-...
 
Description Presentation by Van Cung Lian at Conference on Burma studies organized by Australian Myanmar Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Salai Van Cung Lian presented a paper with a focus on corruption and political participation in Chin State at an international conference on Burma studies organized by Australian Myanmar Institute in collaboration with University of Yangon at Yangon University, Yangon.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.facebook.com/burmaconference?_rdc=1&_rdr
 
Description Presentation of research on child marriage practices in Ethiopia, by Seblewongiel Aynalem and Sewmhon Demissie 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Research on child practices in Ethiopia and possible parliamentary interventions presented at the First All-Women Ethiopian Academics conference, organised and hosted by Setaweet (a feminist organisation).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.facebook.com/events/setaweet/the-first-annual-all-women-in-ethiopian-academia-conference...
 
Description Presentation on "Redefining Democracy through the Perspective of the Young", bu Sewit Tadesse 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact P4P Grant recipient Sewit Haileselassie Tadesse presented to an Ethiopian and international audience of students and researchers on the project of perceiving democracy through the eyes of the youth.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on 'The Role of Social Media in Empowering Women and Deepening Democracy in Ethiopia' by Aster Asrat 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact P4P Grant recipient Aster Asrat presented on behalf of their team about how social media empowers women's participation in and access to democracy, at a workshop conference in Mekelle, Ethiopia, to an Ethiopian and international audience of students and researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on CSOs and federal law making processes in Ethiopia, by Mikiyas Bekele Kidane 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact P4P Grant recipient Mikiyas Bekele Kidane presented to an Ethiopian and international audience of students and researchers on the project of CSOs and their role in federal law-making processes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on child marriage in Ethiopia, by Seblewongiel Aynalem and Sewmhon Demissie 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Presentation on child marriage and the interventions that parliamentarians can make to end this in Ethiopia, at a Plan International event celebrating World Children's Day, based on P4P supported research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://parliaments4people.com/project/seblewongiel
 
Description Presentation on contested political representation in contemporary Ethiopia, by Yonas Ashine 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact P4P Grant recipient team-member Yons Ashine presented on contestations over political representation in Ethiopia, at a workshop/conference at Mekelle University, Ethiopia, to a audience of 100 students and researchers from across Ethiopia as well as internationally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on deepening democracy through citizen engagement in Ethiopia, by Deribe Assefa Aga 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact P4P Grant recipient Deribe Assefa Aga presented to an Ethiopian and international audience of students and researchers on the project of deepening democracy through increased citizen participation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on democratisation and ethno-federalism in Ethiopia, by Getachew Disasa 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact P4P Grant recipient Getachew Disasa presented on behalf of their team about the relationship between democracy and ethnic federalism in Ethiopia, at a workshop conference in Mekelle, Ethiopia, to an Ethiopian and international audience of students and researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on gendered effects of internal displacement in Ethiopia, by Yemengist Tesfahun Gebeye 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact P4P Grant recipient Yemengist Tesfahun Gebeye presented on gendered effects of internal displacement in Ethiopia, to an audience of 100 students and researchers from across Ethiopia and internationally, at Mekelle University, Ethiopia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on political representation and parliamentary engagement in Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia, by Tsegaye Birhanu 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 45 researchers from across Ethiopia attended a presentation by Tsegaye Birhanu on political representation and engagement in Benishangul Gumuz region in Ethiopia, at the 9th National Research Conference at Dilla University, sparking discussion and debate and comparative analysis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on political representation and parliamentary engagement in Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia, by Tsegaye Birhanu 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 15 people drawn internationally from diplomats, researchers, members of the general public attended a seminar by P4P scholar Tsegaye Birhanu, discussing his research on political representation and engagement in Benishangul Gumuz, Ethiopia, at SOAS University of London. This was followed by questions, discussion and debate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on political representation and parliamentary engagement in Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia, by Tsegaye Birhanu 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact An international audience of 100 people attended a presentation by P4P scholar Tsegaye Birhanu on his research and findings about political representation and engagement in Benishangul Gumuz, Ethiopia, at Mekelle University, leading to discussion and debate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on political representation and parliamentary engagement in Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia, by Tsegaye Birhanu 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 300 people attended a presentation by P4P grant scholar Tsegaye Birhanu about political representation and engagement in Benishangul Gumuz, Ethiopia, at Assosa University. This was followed by questions and discussion about the topic and research findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on political representation and parliamentary engagement in Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia, by Tsegaye Birhanu 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 100 scholars from across Ethiopia attended a talk by Tsegaye Birhanu on his P4P research on political representation and engagement in Benishangul Gumuz, Ethiopia, at the 3rd National Research conference of Hawassa University's College of Social Sciences and Humanities. The presentation sparked discussion and debate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on political representation and parliamentary engagement in Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia, by Tsegaye Birhanu 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 100 scholars attended a presentation on political representation and engagement in Benishangul Gumuz in Ethiopia, by P4P Grant scholar Tsegaye Birhanu, at the 10th National Research Conference at Debre Markos University. The presentation sparked questions and discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on political representation and participation among the Kunama people of Ethiopia, by Mitiku Gabehiwot 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact P4P Grant recipient Mitiku Gabrehiwot presented on"Political representation and participation among the Kunama of northern Ethiopia", at a workshop conference in Mekelle, Ethiopia, to an Ethiopian and international audience of students and researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on strategies for improving political-public engagement in Ethiopia, by Fitsumbirhan Araya 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact P4P Grant recipient team member Fitsumbirhan Araya presented a project piloting a web-based app designed in partnership with people and parliamentarians in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to enhance their engagement, to an audience of 100 students and researchers from across Ethiopia and internationally, at Mekelle University, Ethiopia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on the challenges and opportunities for women parliamentarians in Ethiopia, by Mahlet FItsum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact P4P Grant recipient Mahlet Fitsum presented on challenges and opportunities facing women in Ethiopian politics, to an audience of 100 students and researchers from across Ethiopia and internationally, at Mekelle University, Ethiopia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation on women's participation in political leadership in Ethiopia, by Mebrihit Tesfay Tekuku 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact P4P Grant recipient Mebrihit Tesfay Tekuku presented to an Ethiopian and international audience of students and researchers on the project of women's participation in political leadership in Ethiopia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation to the Study of Parliament Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 60 parliamentary officials and scholars listening to a talk about historical ethnographies of parliaments and the value of inter-disciplinary research and the importance of supporting global south scholars to have the opportunities scrutinise their democracy as well as give evidence to parliaments (their own and the UK select committees).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Public Engagement and Its Impact on Parliaments 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The UK House of Commons and the Centre for Democratic Engagement have joined forces to co-host a one day international workshop about parliamentary public engagement, focusing particularly on its impact on parliaments and their scrutiny processes. The workshop will bring together parliamentary officials and academics from all over the world to discuss key challenges and opportunities brought by public engagement practices. We will have contributions from academics and officials from a wide range of countries including Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://parliament-engagement.com
 
Description RIPE 'Ahnu Thutaythana' Festival keynote address 'Arts: Search for Truth; and Research: Arts of Search for Truth', by Ma Thida San Chaung, PEN Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact More than 101 people ranging from policy-makers, researchers, artists, CSO and NGO leaders, religious leaders attended the Nov-Dec 2019 'Ahnu Thutaythana' Festival at which Ma Thida San Chaung, of PEN Myanmar, gave a keynote address on the integration of arts and research, and their combined search for truth; which sparked interest in researchers and artists about the possibilities of collaborating on projects relating to Myanmar's social and political landscape
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.emref.org/en/multimedia
 
Description Radio discussion featuring Mahlet Fitsum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Mahlet Fitsum talked on Radio FM 97.1 about the coming election and female candidates Parliamentarians. The purpose was to dissminate the research output as Ethiopia is preparing to conduct an election after six months this make sthe research more accessible and to deepen its impact and encourage dialogue and reflection, and improve the role of women parliamenterians for better life of women in Ethipia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Report on women's involvement in politics in Mon, Kayin, and Tanintharyi parliaments in Myanmar, by Cherry Soe Mon, Jeepyah Civil Society Development Organisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Cherry Soe Mon of Jeepyah Civil Society Development Organisation (JCSDO) conducted mixed-methods research on barriers to women's participation in politics in Myanmar, with Dr. Aung Nyne Oo, the Deputy Speaker of Mon State Parliament, conceding that Myanmar's political parties all fail to support their female members. In order to highlight this and other findings, and render them accessible to a wide range of audiences and stakeholders, the research team collaborated with an artist to produce cartoons that were included in the report, and that have also been used as visual aids to spark reflection and dialogue at events.

The report has been used to generate dialogue with Parliamentarians, policy-makers and members of the general public, in order to advocate for increased women's political participation. 100 people have been reached via the distribution of copies of the report, and by the United National Development Programme as part of its activities around International Women's Day in 2019. The illustrative comics, furthermore, have been turned into stickers and postcards which are distributed to people at grassroots meetings organised and facilitated by JCSDO in order to advocate for gender parity in Myanmar politics, and encourage insights into the societal changes needed to help ensure women gain and sustain positions of political power in the country.

Cherry Soe Mon of JCSDO, states: "The report is intended to keep a record of our findings from the interviews we conducted, and to share these results widely. It also shares the community engagement methodology behind creating the booklet, so that other organisations can learn from the strategy. We want people, especially including those involved in politics, to have a better understanding of how gender inequality manifests in politics and in parliaments, and to have a better awareness of the gender inequality in the everyday parliament environment."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://parliaments4people.com/project/jcsdo
 
Description Research Methods Training course in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A four day practice-based training course in ethnographic research methods given by P4P Programme Manager Richard Axelby to researchers at the Kachinland Research Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Research methods training in Afar region, Ethiopia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact SOAS Programme Manager (Richard Axelby) deliver in-depth research methods training to 35 academics from different departments of Samara University and ran a 'surgery' for those with inquiries about our grant-making programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Research report launch event (including via media) on women's involvement in politics and parliaments in Myanmar, by Cherry Soe Mon of Jeepyah Civil Society Development Organisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact As Cherry Soe Mon of Jeepyah Civil Society Development Organisation (JCSDO) states: "The event was designed to showcase our work, celebrate our women MPs, and start conversations about the many barriers women still face due to gender inequality in their every day lives." Around 100-150 people attended the launch event, and several news media were present, and covered the event in both Mon and Burmese languages. To date, one video of the event has >1900 views on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monnewsagencytv/videos/2090874287678368/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://parliaments4people.com/project/jcsdo/
 
Description Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh: five challenges for the future. by Nasir Uddin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As the repatriation process of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar continues to come under pressure, Nasir Uddin looks at what will be asked of Bangladesh if the world's largest refugee camp in Cox's Bazar becomes a long-term rather than temporary feature on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/southasia/2018/11/21/rohingya-refugees-in-bangladesh-five-challenges-for-the...
 
Description SOAS ran a series of workshops in Myitkyina, Kachin state, Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The SOAS team ran a series of consultative meetings and workshops with university scholars, artists, students and the media to explain about the network and our grant-making and to seek advice about how to achieve maximum impact and received guidance that helped to shape the details of the grant-making programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Seminar on "Texts and Images as Historical Artefacts in Modern Kachin Political History", Kachinland Research Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Danseng Lawn of Kachinland Research Centre, and project PI, summarises the activity as follows: "70 historians, artists, MPs, political party leaders, elders, youth activists, religious leaders, CSO, and NGO leaders, attended the seminar, to discuss party politics during the parliamentary period (1948-62), and the role of independent newspapers during the period. MPs also shared their experiences under the current political system, and this led to increased critical engagement with the current electoral system and put the contemporary news media in historical perspective. The youth, especially the younger members of Myanmar's political parties, understood party politics and its development in a more contextual way."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Seminar on Ethiopia's Kunama people, by Mitiku Gabrehiwot 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 20 people drawn from across researchers, diplomats, CSOs/NGOs, and the general public attended a seminar based on the P4P research project on Ethiopia's Kunama people, given by project PI Mitiku Gabrehiwot at SOAS University of London. This led to lively discussion and generated awareness about a largely unknown ethnic group in Ethiopia and its socio-cultural structure and organisation, and its mode of political participation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Seminar on indigenous administration practices amongs the Kunama people of Ethiopia, by Mitiku Gabrehiwot 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact 21 faculty and students at Mekelle University attended a seminar on indigenous administration amongst the Kunama people of Ethiopia. The purpose was to share findings from the P4P project led by Mitiku Gabrehiwot, and to create a platform for young scholars at Mekelle University's anthropology department to explore possible research themes in/among the most neglected communities of Tigray and beyond. As a result of the seminar, there is a reported rise in interest and support for research and community services in Kuanma, and it has become a new and important field of anthropological study for undergraduate students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Seminar on life in Myanmar and Bangladesh: a case of the Rohingya', by Nasir Uddin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Approximately 25 people attended a talk on the Rohingya at New York University, based on research by Nasir Uddin. The seminar sparked debate and sharing of knowledge.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Seminar on the Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh, by Nasir Uddin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Approximately 20 people attended a seminar by Nasir Uddin on P4P supported research on marginalised and excluded groups in Myanmar, at Oxford University, as part of the Refugee Studies Centre Work-in-Progress seminar series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/7804bac6-0c19-4e53-9693-22660f249023/
 
Description Seminar on the Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh, by Nasir Uddin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Approximately 15 people attended a seminar on marginalised and excluded groups in Myanmar and Bangladesh at SOAS University of London, based on P4P supported research by Nasir Uddin
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Seminar on the Rohingya, by Nasir Uddin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Approximately 20 people attended a seminar on the Rohingya, based on research by Nasir Uddin, at Columbia University's Weatherhead East Asian Institute, sparking sharing of knowledge, debate and discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://weai.columbia.edu/event/the-voices-of-the-victims-the-rohingyas-and-their-subhuman-life/
 
Description Seminar paper by E Crewe to Politics Department at SOAS University of London on the ethnography of Parliaments in UK, Myanmar and Ethiopia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This seminar presentation about my own research on the ethnography of Parliaments, as well as our new programme researching Parliaments and People in Myanmar and Ethiopia, enabled discussion of potential partnerships across the anthropology and politics development
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.facebook.com/events/154257155193721/
 
Description Seminar presentation by E Crewe and Z Ahmed on ethnographic research on Parliaments at University of Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Researchers from across the world (US, Canada, Bangladesh, France, Belgium, Germany, etc) gathered to discuss ethnographic research in Parliaments, which led to a proposal to organise a European Consortium on Political Research workshop on the study of political space. Emma Crewe and Sandrine Roginsky have submitted a proposal to run this workshop in Brussels in 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.psa.ac.uk/events/ethnographies-legislatures-research-workshop
 
Description Series of meetings to create an alliance for deeper democracy amongst civil society groups in Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact EMReF are convening a series of meetings involving a broad range of civil society members - from across a range of ethnic, religious, regional, gender, age groups, as well as politicians, CSOs, researchers, and artists - to reflect on democracy in Myanmar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description Series of training workshops in Chin State, Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact SOAS team (Richard Axelby and Jas Kaur) delivered three training events in Chin State, with support of one of our grantees (Chinbridge Institute): (1) 'People, Places and Politics - an introduction to Anthropology and the anthropological study of politics' Lectures given to 15 people drawn from CSOs in Chin State; (2) Ethnographic Research Methods Training course provided to 13 people drawn from CSOs in Chin State; (3) a lecture on 'Anthropology and the Question of Identity - what does it mean to be British / Chin?' to 130 staff and students at Hakha College.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Short film made by Halcyon Pictures depicting the achievements of the Deepening Democracy programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This four minute film - Collaboration: empowering indigenous research - was designed to showcase global south researchers' work, using examples of our partners/grantees Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation, Olisarali Olibui and Mercy Fekadu Mulugeta. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and it can be found on SOAS YouTube channel and our www,grnpp.org website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://grnpp.org/partners-research/
 
Description Student-focused workshop on a new Web-based app to enhance public-parliamentarian communication, facilitated by Mercy Mulugeta and BRIDGE research team 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact 32 students participated in a workshop to discuss the challenges and possible solutions to public participation in politics in Ethiopia, specifically with members of the House of People's Representatives. This fed into the design and development of a new Web-based app for parliamentarians to use to communicate with constituents.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk about ethical research proposals 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Over 50 researchers (mostly postgraduates and ERC) from London universities attended a public talk about the 'Principles of Winning Grants' by PI Emma Crewe. She shared the programme's experiences of grant-making and writing research proposals, giving advice about how to approach partnership, research design and planning for impact in ethical ways. It provoked a large number of questions during the event and in follow-up.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.evensi.uk/principles-winning-grants-prof-emma-crewe-share-room-number-ticket-holders-sho...
 
Description Talk by E Crewe on 'An anthropology of MPs: their work, pressures and coping strategies' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact In this talk hosted by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy on 13 October 2020, as part of their TAU talks series, E Crewe was making recommendations about how to support MPs to develop their capacity to deepen their democracies with evidence from around the world. It inspired a multiple of questions and comments from the diverse audience of parliamentary strengthening practitioners, politicians, civil society activists and researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.wfd.org/2020/10/06/an-anthropology-of-mps-their-work-pressures-and-coping-strategies/
 
Description Talk by E Crewe on MPs navigating space to multidisciplinary conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This talk on 12 November 2020 about an anthropological approach to researching parliamentary buildings, and about how the rhythms of MPs's work allow them to navigate space and time, was hosted by UCL for architects, anthropologists, historians and parliamentary officials. Several colleagues followed up with requests for further conversations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/architecture/events/2020/nov/parliament-buildings-international-confe...
 
Description Talk by E Crewe to a GCRF Conflict Cohort Building event about partnership 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This talk about partnership within large research coalitions was presented by E Crewe to a GCRF hosted webinar on 6 October 2020. Lively discussion of international partnership ensued during the discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk by Emma Crewe on ethnographic approaches to the study of Parliament in Yangon 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 30 scholars from EMReF and other research organisations attended this workshop on undertaking ethnographic research within parliaments, stimulating questions and debate on the challenges of researching politicians and influencing EMReF researchers to refine their understanding of the assessment of 'performance'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk by Emma Crewe to Oxfam GB about women in Parliaments in the UK, Myanmar and Ethiopia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact As part of the celebration of the Representation of People Act 2018, 150 Oxfam staff from around the world attended this presentation and debate in person and via video link about women parliamentarians and discussed the challenges they face as politicians. They gave extremely positive feedback about the presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk by Sewit Haileselassie Tadesse 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From 7-9 September 2020 the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People held a symposium about democracy in Myanmar and Ethiopia. In this webinar presentation Sewit Hailselassie Tadesse explains how in her GRNPP-funded project she and her co-researcher Ali Altiok have been exploring the positive role that young people can play in preventing violence.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://grnpp.org/output/integrating-ethiopias-youth-into-democratic-processes/
 
Description Talk by Tsegaye Birhanu (Assosa University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From 7-9 September 2020 the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People held a symposium about democracy in Myanmar and Ethiopia. In this webinar presentation Tsegaye Birhanu explains how his GRNPP-funded research probed the links between political exclusion of ethnic minorities and broader social attitudes towards different groups of peoples. As political struggles are leading to violent conflict and widespread internal displacement in this region, the importance of this research cannot be overstated.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://grnpp.org/output/political-representation-in-benishangul-gumuz-regional-state-council/
 
Description Talk by Van Cung Lian of Chinbridge Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From 7-9 September 2020 the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People held a symposium about democracy in Myanmar and Ethiopia. In this webinar presentation Van Cung Lian, founder director of Chinbridge Research Institute, reports on the first comprehensive study on how people and politicians perceive democracy in Chin State.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://grnpp.org/output/understanding-political-representation-in-chin-state/
 
Description Talk by Yonas Ashine Demisse 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact From 7-9 September 2020 the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People held a symposium about democracy in Myanmar and Ethiopia. In this webinar presentation Yonas Ashine reports on his part of a GRNPP-funded project, led by Professor Kassahun Berhanu, also from the Political Science Department of Addis Ababa University. Dr Ashine has been undertaking a nationwide survey on citizen's perceptions of the Ethiopia parliament and he tells us about what he discovered.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://grnpp.org/output/contesting-political-representation-in-contemporary-ethiopia/
 
Description Talk on Rohingya refugees, by Nasir Uddin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Students, staff and faculty at University of Delaware attended a talk on refugees, with special reference to the Rohingya of Myanmar and Bangladesh, based on P4P research by Nasir Uddin, and generated debate and discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://events.udel.edu/event/talk_subhuman_the_rohingya_refu-gees_in_myanmar_bangladesh#.XkPyFzL7SU...
 
Description Talk on Rohingya: refugees and vulnerability, by Nasir Uddin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact People from the University of Melbourne attended a talk on Rohingya experiences of refugeehood and vulnerability, based on research by Nasir Uddin
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk on refugees and statehood amongst the Rohingya, by Nasir Uddin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Researchers at Cornell University attended a talk on refugees and statehood, with special reference to the Rohingya, based on research by Nasir Uddin; and participated in debate and discussion on the topic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk on statelessness amongst Rohingya, by Nasir Uddin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Faculty and students from the University of Adelaide attended a talk on the Rohingya, based on research by Nasir Uddin, sparking debate and discussion about refugee experiences and statelessness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk on statelessness and refugeehood among Rohingya, by Nasir Uddin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Faculty and students at the University of Flinders attended a talk on statelessness and refugeehood amongst Rohingya, by Nasir Uddin.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk on the Rohingya, by Nasir Uddin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Faculty and students at the New School for Social Research, USA, attended a talk on the Rohingya based on research by cultural anthropologist Nasir Uddin, generating debate and discussion about marginalisation, exclusion, and human rights.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://events.newschool.edu/event/the_rohingya_in_between_life_and_death_a_case_of_subhuman
 
Description Talk to managers in the NHS about Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 30 Darzai fellows (managers in the NHS) and their senior sponsors attended a talk about the UK Parliament, and reported that it was useful for learning about how to influence politicians (6th November 2019).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about UK, Myanmar and Ethiopian parliaments 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SOAS Network Director (Emma Crewe) gave a talk to FCO officials in Whitehall but across in offices overseas (approximately 60 in total) about understanding parliaments. She explained her research, and answered questions, about the Westminster Parliament but also how this programme is enabling an inter-disciplinary study of the relationship between parliaments and the public in Myanmar and Ethiopia. The organisers received a 'tidal wave of good feedback from people.'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description The Abiy Doctrine: one year of Ethiopia's new foreign policy by Awol Allo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Awol Allo says that it's not just domestically that the new Prime Minister has shaken things up in his first year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://africanarguments.org/2019/04/05/the-abiy-doctrine-one-year-of-ethiopia-new-foreign-policy/
 
Description The solutions to the Rohingya crisis: voices from the field by Nasir Uddin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Based on Nasir Uddin's field-level experience and long-year engagement with them, he picks up "three points" as an abridged version of what the Rohingya people think of getting rid of their miseries. Now, the question is: Who will rail the derailed train?

- See more at: http://southasiajournal.net/the-solutions-to-the-rohingya-crisis-voices-from-the-field/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://southasiajournal.net/the-solutions-to-the-rohingya-crisis-voices-from-the-field/
 
Description Training for academics on giving evidence to Parliament by E Crewe 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 2 November E Crewe joined a SOAS colleague to provide training to academics to understand the workings of Westminster, to communicate their research effectively to policymakers, and to evaluate assess how best to disseminate their research. She focused on giving evidence to select committees in particular. The event was hosted by the SOAS Corridors of Power project and stimulated considerable interest and debate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Training for anthropologists in giving evidence to parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This training, provided by E Crewe and parliamentary official A Hobbs, on 9 December 2020, was part of a series at the Royal Anthropological Institute. The new Anthropology of Policy and Practice Committee, chaired by E Crewe, is running a series of webinars for anthropologists in academia, government, corporates and civil society, to learn and discuss how to enhance the influence of anthropology and anthropologists. This webinar, the second in the series, was well-received and will be on the RAI YouTube channel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.facebook.com/events/d41d8cd9/anthropology-communicates-emma-crewe-and-abbi-hobbs/3496928...
 
Description Training in ethnographic methods in Samara University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact SOAS's Programme Manager (Richard Axelby) delivered in-depth ethnographic research methods training to 80 academic staff and students at Samara University, especially in the anthropology and sociology departments in December 2018, with support from colleagues at Samara university.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Training in methods for scholars in Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation ran a training workshop in research methods, with support from one of our CIs (Ruth Fox) and the SOAS team (Richard Axelby), for scholars and activists (August 2018)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Training in research methods and integrating arts and humanities into political research in Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation delivered a week workshop on training methods, including sessions about integrating arts and humanities into political research facilitated by SOAS's Emma Crewe, for 30 scholars and activists from across Myanmar in November 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Training in writing grant applications 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact SOAS Network Director (Emma Crewe) delivered a session as part of a British Academy writing workshop in Kachinland Research Centre, run by CI Mandy Sadan, for postgraduates from India, Myanmar, Japan, Nepal and Bangladesh. This was written up as guidance and uploaded onto our website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Training workshops and 'surgeries' for potential applicants in Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact SOAS team members Richard Axelby and Bethel Worku ran workshops and 'surgeries' for potential grant applicants, with support from the Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation, in Mandalay and Mawlamyine for 110 scholars and artists from NGOs, research institutes and universities. They explained the grant-making programme and advised on research methods and writing grant applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Twitter account for Global Research Network on Parliaments and People 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Our new dedicated twitter account (@grnpp1) promotes the multi-disciplinary study of parliaments and people, informing scholars about events, news and our grant-making opportunities. By March 2018 we sent 106 tweets (with 20,000 tweet impressions), had attracted 111 followers (54% men, 46% women) and 1000 profile visits
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://twitter.com/GRNPP1?lang=en-gb
 
Description UK Parliament presentation on political representation of Kunama people of Ethiopia, by Mitiku Gabrehiwot 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Policy-makers, politicians, researchers, NGOs/CSOs and activists attended an international conference at the UK Parliament on' Mobilising Global voices to learn more about P4P research on political representation and participation amongst the Kunama people of Ethiopia. The event created helped develop networking opportunities amongst academicians and politicians from the global north and the global south.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Understanding political representation and the level of people's participation in Chin state, research findings disseminated by Chinbridge Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 60 copies of a published report on political participation and engagement in Chin state, Myanmar, were distributed to Chin state and Union Parliaments, as well as to students, at a launch event and upon request by national politicians in Myanmar. The report was published in Chin, Burmese and English.
As the P4P grant project team state: "This was the first research book to be published on Chin State Parliament that deals with issues around representation and participation in Chin State. The Amyotho Hluttaw (Union Hluttaw) requested this book to be translated in Burmese. The book will have significant impact on people's understanding of representation and participation."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://parliaments4people.com/project/chinbridge
 
Description Van Cung Lian delivers seminar on Youth and Politics for Hakha University Student Organisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact In the seminar, Salai Van Cung Lian delivered a training on "Youth and Politics" in Chin State. Chinbrige research on "Understanding Political Participation and Representation in Chin State" was utilized and RIPE cartoons showcased.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.facebook.com/hakhasianghleiruun/posts/971450786534924?_rdc=1&_rdr
 
Description Webinar facilitation on climate change and travel practices in the context, and afterlife, of covid-19; by Emma Crewe and Richard Axelby 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact On 29th May 2020, Emma Crewe and Richard Axelby facilitated a webinar on climate change and travel practices for members of the GCRF Network Plus community, with reference to how partnerships respond to emergencies and create a new normal.

Changing the Story, a GCRF Network Plus grant recipient, explain the event as follows: "As people talk about 'returning to normal' or, more realistically, suggest that we must get used to a 'new normal' following the coronavirus pandemic, can we use this period of reflection to think about what 'normal' means in the context of the climate change emergency. The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) supports cutting-edge research that addresses challenges faced by people in developing countries. Close partnerships between academics and institutions in the Global North and Global South are at the heart of attempts to identify equitable solutions. But the carbon emissions resulting from short and long-haul travel are a major contributor to climate change - and the costs of environmental breakdown impact most heavily on those least able to bear them. Recognising that the old 'normal' was not a sustainable or equilibrium state, we would like to use this opportunity to examine our work, partnerships and travel practices and consider the sorts of changes that researchers, Universities and the UK Research Councils must make in order to address rather than exacerbate runaway climate change. Is there a way to do this that enables solidarity with scholars and activists in the Global South rather than undermines them?".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Webinar on decolonising international research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact At this event hosted by SOAS and the University of Oxford, a range of academics and university research professionals attended to debate how UK universities can be better partners. E Crewe gave a presentation and answered questions on 'Deepening Democracy in global partnerships', showcasing the achievements of our Deepening Democracy programme and our partners' and grantees' outputs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.soas.ac.uk/decolonising-research/17sep2020-trying-to-be-better-partners-practical-perspe...
 
Description Website article 'Rethinking representative democracy in the 21st century' by Niraja Gopal Jayal 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Niraja Gopal Jayal contributed to the strengthening of knowledge for a global network of researchers on parliaments and people via an article on 21st representative democracy, published on the GRNPP website with a direct reach of hundreds which is substantially increased through periodic sharing of website links and resources via other social media platforms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://parliaments4people.com/articles/
 
Description Website article on Barbadian politics by Shalinder Carter 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Shalinder Carter contributed to the strengthening of knowledge for a global network of researchers on parliaments and people via an article on Barbadian politics, published on the GRNPP website with a direct reach of hundreds which is substantially increased through periodic sharing of website links and resources via other social media platforms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Website article on Brazilian elections of 2018, by Zoe Marriage 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Zoe Marriage contributed to the strengthening of knowledge for a global network of researchers on parliaments and people via an article on Brazil's 2018 elections, published on the GRNPP website with a direct reach of hundreds which is substantially increased through periodic sharing of website links and resources via other social media platforms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Website article on leadership and dagu in Ethiopia, by Emma Crewe 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Emma Crewe contributed to the strengthening of knowledge for a global network of researchers on parliaments and people via a reflection on political leadership in Ethiopia, published on the GRNPP website with a direct reach of hundreds which is substantially increased through periodic sharing of website links and resources via other social media platforms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Website article on political discontent and change in Afar, Ethiopia, by Abubeker Yasin 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact P4P Scholar Abubeker Yasin contributed to the strengthening of knowledge for a global network of researchers on parliaments and people via a reflection piece on Afar politics and democracy, published on the GRNPP website with a direct reach of hundreds which is substantially increased through periodic sharing of website links and resources via other social media platforms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Website article on reform in Argentina's parliament, by Florencia Corbelle 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Florencia Corbelle contributed to the strengthening of knowledge for a global network of researchers on parliaments and people via an article on reform of Argentinian parliament and politics, published on the GRNPP website with a direct reach of hundreds which is substantially increased through periodic sharing of website links and resources via other social media platforms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Website article on representation in Indian politics, by Richard Axelby 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Richard Axelby contributed to the strengthening of knowledge for a global network of researchers on parliaments and people via an article on representation in Indian politics, published on the GRNPP website with a direct reach of hundreds which is substantially increased through periodic sharing of website links and resources via other social media platforms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Website article on women in India's parliament, by Shirin Rai and Carole Spary 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professors Shirin Rai and Carole Spary contributed to the strengthening of knowledge for a global network of researchers on parliaments and people via an article on representation and performance in the context of Indian women parliamentarians, published on the GRNPP website with a direct reach of hundreds which is substantially increased through periodic sharing of website links and resources via other social media platforms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Website resource on accessing research grant funding, by Alex Lewis 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact SOAS Director of Research and Enterprise, Alex Lewis' guide to accessing research grant funding, first presented to P4P Grantees in Mekelle, Ethiopia, is also published on the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People website, where it reaches a wide array of researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://parliaments4people.com/resources
 
Description Website resource on strategies for academic writing, by Kassahun Berhanu pubblished on GRNPP website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Kassahun Berhanu of Addis Ababa University contributed to the strengthening of a global research network on parliaments and people by contributing a resource on academic writing to the GRNPP webite, which reaches hundreds of network members, friends, associates across multiple countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://parliaments4people.com/resources
 
Description Website resource on the art of interviewing, by Emma Crewe 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Emma Crewe contributed to the strengthening of resources for a global network of researchers on parliaments and people via a guide to the art of interviewing, published on the GRNPP website with a direct reach of hundreds which is substantially increased through periodic sharing of website links and resources via other social media platforms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Website resource on writing for academic audiences, by Alex Lewis 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Chris Mowles, a professor of complexity and management, has contributed to the strengthening of a global research network on parliaments and people via a resource for our website helping people write for academic audiences. Hundreds of people engage with the website across multiple countries on an ongoing basis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://parliaments4people.com/resources
 
Description Website resource on writing grant applications, by Emma Crewe 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Emma Crewe contributed to the development of resources for a global research network on parliaments and people via a presentation published on the GRNPP website on how to write grant applications. The website reaches hundreds of people, and resources are periodically shared through other social media platforms to reach a global audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://parliaments4people.com/resources/
 
Description Website resource: a guide to international network for research on parliaments, by Cristina Leston-Bandeira 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira contributed to the strengthening of resources for a global network of researchers on parliaments and people via a guide to international networks on parliamentary research, published on the GRNPP website with a direct reach of hundreds which is substantially increased through periodic sharing of website links and resources via other social media platforms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Website-based engagement with policy brief on Ethiopian politics, by Meheret Ayenew 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meheret Ayenew contributed to the strengthening of knowledge for a global network of researchers on parliaments and people via a policy brief on Ethiopian politics, published on the GRNPP website with a direct reach of hundreds which is substantially increased through periodic sharing of website links and resources via other social media platforms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Why Abiy Ahmed's Prosperity Party could be bad news for Ethiopia. by Awol Allo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Awol Allo explains why the new pan-Ethiopian party created to replace the EPRDF coalition risks bringing the country to the edge of an abyss.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/abiy-ahmed-prosperity-party-bad-news-ethiopia-191204130133...
 
Description Why I nominated Abiy Ahmed for the Nobel Peace Prize. by Awol Allo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The prize not only acknowledges the Ethiopian prime minister's commitment to peace, but encourages him to do more.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/nominated-abiy-ahmed-nobel-peace-prize-191013072339962.htm...
 
Description Workshop for scholars across Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Our partner organisation, Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation, ran workshops during 2018 in universities (of Yangon, Mandalay, Yandanabon, Mawlamyine) and with scholars/NGOs/artists/activists in Chin State, Yangon, Mandalay, Mawlamyine, and Loikaw. They also ran a workshop for the media. Their aims were twofold: to alert potential grantees to our grant-making programme and to give advice about writing application and designing research. In the second half of 2018 they reached a total of 512 people through these events. In addition their gave tailored mentoring advice to 38 potential applicants while SOAS team gave guidance to many more.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Workshop on Bridging Research and Innovation for Democratic Governance and Enhanced Participation (BRIDGE 4 Participation), by Mercy Mulugeta 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The purpose of the workshop was to share the processes and key findings of the P4P supported BRIDGE project to key stakeholders and policy- and decision-makers. And impact was created through the facilitation of exchange with the House of People's Representatives (HPR) secretariat, which resulted in a subsequent meeting between the House Speaker (His Excellency Mr Tagesse Chaffo) and the HPR Communication Director (Mr Kereyyu Banata) and the project PI (Dr Mercy Fekadu Mulugeta) and Co-I (Fitsumberhan Araya).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.instagram.com/bridge4participation
 
Description Workshop on contestations of political representation in contemporary Ethiopia, by Kassahun Berhanu and team 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 50 people drawn from across politics, academia, media and relevant stakeholder groups attended a workshop at which P4P research team led by Kassahun Berhanu presented the findings of their research on contestations over political representation in contemporary Ethiopia, helped validate and provide feedback on the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Workshop on democratic participation in Ethiopia, by Deribe Assefa Aga 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact 46 local and national participants representing different segments of society - including political parties, CSOs, government officials, individual citizens, and the media - attended a workshop to discuss the findings and recommendations of a P4P supported research project on deepening democracy through political actors' empowerment in Ethiopia, and to share their knowledge on this. The workshop was livestreamed on local television and radio channels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Workshop on parliamentary representation and engagement in Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia, by Tsegaye Birhanu 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 50 people including politicians, scholars and the media attended a workshop by Tsegaye Birhanu, presenting findings of the P4P grant project on political representation and engagement in Benishangul Gumuz region of Ethiopia. The workshop sparked discussion and reflection afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://parliaments4people.com/project/assosa
 
Description Workshop on public engagement and parliamentary representation in Ethiopia, by Defferew Kebebe Tessema 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 50 students attended a workshop on the topic of the P4P supported research project 'Public engagement for strengthening parliamentary representation and deepening democracy', sparking discussion and debate afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Workshop on pursuing arts in research, Yangon, facilitated by Akhila Krishnan and Sara Wong 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Myanmar-based P4P Grant recipients, and invited artists, attended a workshop facilitated by Akhila Krishnan and Sara Wong on forging connections between these distinct communities of practice, for the purpose of collaborating and co-producing research-based art and creative outputs to drive advocacy around more inclusive democracy in Myanmar, and to help make research more accessible.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://parliaments4people.com/coalitions/ripe
 
Description Workshop on the political relationships in Afar, Ethiopia, by Nathan Belay and Abubeker Yassin 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact More than 110 sociology and anthropology postgraduate and undergraduate students participated in a workshop assessing the interactional dynamics between customary and modern politicians in northern Afar, Ethiopia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Workshop on the transformative promise of solidarity and medemer for Ethiopian politics, led by Awol Allo 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact P4P Grant project PI, Awol Allo, states: "The purpose of the workshop was to bring together individuals with diverse backgrounds in academia, politics and activism. It opened with presentations over the initial findings of the research project. Then, knowledge-sharing workshops were held in roundtables between the participants on collective memory and history, challenges to democratization, the transformative promise of Medemer and imagining new forms of collective futures. This led to news coverage of the workshop on national and local broadcsating services. It also generated engagement on social media after presentations from the workshop were posted on the Facebook page Conversations in Ideas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.facebook.com/Conversationsinideas/videos/2362888597185864
 
Description Workshop on unheard voices and political representation in contemporary Ethiopia, by Kassahun Berhanu and team 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 40 politicians, researchers and other stakeholders attended a workshop by the P4P grant team led by Kassahun Berhanu introducing their research project on contestation over political representation in contemporary Ethiopia. The workshop sparked questions, discussion and recommendations to help the researchers refine their project aims and approaches.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Workshop training on 'Statistical Package for Social Science' by EMReF for Myanmar researchers, activists and artists 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 23 scholars, artists and activists attended a training workshop to learn how to use SPSS, develop their capacity in analysis of research data and appreciate the epistemological, ontological and ethical implications of their research, and later reported that they used their new knowledge in a joint research project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Writing Workshop in Mekelle, Ethiopia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A writing workshop involving 30 p4p grantees was held in Mekelle, Ethiopia over four days in October 2019. Co-organised with Mitiku Gabrehiwot, the SOAS team offered advice on communicating research, approaches to disseminating results, writing academic outputs, writing for non-academic audiences, de-mystifying the publication process and applying for research funding
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://parliaments4people.com/resources/
 
Description YFS FIlm "Limbo" posted on World Health Organisation's YouTube channel 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Online screenings of WHO Animation Grand Prix award-winning film Limbo.More than 50 articles about the WHO award or broadcasts in major national media outlets, especially in the following countries: Argentina, Canada, Colombia, DRC, India, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland, Togo, Uganda. https://www.thehindu.com/society/a-film-documenting-the-abuse-and-ostracism-suffered-by-rape-victims-in-myanmar-using-sand-animation-technique-won-top-honours-at-whos-film-festival/article31678234.ece
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o88NgiKgFy4
 
Description YFS Film Hubs pilot project - Hakha, Chin State 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact YFS Film Hubs pilot project, on-site screening of "Kayah Lily", "Limbo", "Home" and "Wave" at Youth Corner, Hakha, Chin State, Myanmar
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.facebook.com/youthcornerhakha
 
Description YFS film "Kayah Lily" screened as part of the Golden Bee International Children's Animation Film Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact SOAS-co-funded docuanimation Kayah Lily was screened as part of the Golden Bee International Children's Animation Film Festival, New Delhi, India which took place online this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.Kayah Lily won Best Animation Award (International).Disseminating the power and effectiveness of animated documentary as a tool with which to raise awareness for gender-based violence, esp. In conflict-affected areas in Myanmar.#GoldenBee #FilmFestival #Winners2020 Golden Bee International Children's Film Festival is in New Delhi.
Facebook post dated July 1, 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description YFS film "Limbo" screened at Rising of Lusitania AnimaDoc Film Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Limbo screened at Rising of Lusitania AnimaDoc Film Festival,Lodz, Poland (online and offline)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://animadocff.wixsite.com/animadoc/competition-2020
 
Description YFS online screening of Kayah Lily 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact YFS Film Hubs pilot project, screening of Kayah Lily (online due to Covid) and online discussion about the film via Zoom. 'This film highlights rape cases - as a weapon and side effect of civil war' "Since it is used real voice of the survivor makes us feel like we are witnessing that case and we feel heartbroken."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.facebook.com/youth29.mm/videos/2118021678323095
 
Description YFS participated in Malaysia Freedom Film Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Malaysia Freedom Film Festival. Member of filmmaking team behind Limbo invited to take part in online festival discussion about SEAsian women animators together with 3 other women animators from Malaysia, Phillipines and Indonesia.Topics discussed: Telling stories based on real experiences of trauma and healing /as a woman. Why is animation an effective tool to express certain issues/ feelings/ concepts; your personal and creative process for "Limbo"; how can you encourage young animators to present their own realities and perspectives in their creative work?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.freedomfilmfest.my
 
Description YFS participation in Online event to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, the UK in Myanmar shared this powerful docu-animation made by @yangonfilmschool in 2018. A brave thirteen-year-old rape survivor describes how speaking out and seeking justice meant that she had to start a new life away from her home and family. We want to eliminate the culture of impunity around conflict-related sexual violence and ensure all survivors get the help and justice they deserve. We're supporting the development of a new global code of conduct to make sure that documenting and investigating conflict-related sexual violence does not further traumatise survivors. For more information see www.muradcode.com #TimeForJustice
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=715879369170027
 
Description a policy brief by Asebe Regassa 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Living up to Expectations? A critical analysis of Caffee Oromia, Ethiopia by Asebe Regassa and Getachew Tadesse. This policy brief analyzes Caffee Oromia (Oromia National Regional State Council) on the basis of its communication approaches and expectation from the constituency, and the role of the media in people-parliaments' interface.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://grnpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Living-up-to-Expectations.pdf
 
Description article by Chinbridge Institute in The Chinbridge Post 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this article - titled "A Ra Laimi Hluttaw Nih Fianglanghnak Le Tuanvoi Laknak A Karhter Khawh Lai?" -Van Cung Lian outlined the current situation of civil liberties in Myanmar and made several recommendation for Chin State Parliament
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://thechinlandpost.info/a-ra-lai-mi-hluttaw-nih-zeitindah-fianhlanghnak-le-%e1%b9%aduanvo-lakna...
 
Description at the University of Nottingham by Kaur and Axelby 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Kaur and Axelby gave a presentation titled 'Of entanglements, relationships and hierarchies: some anthropological reflections on developing international research coalitions', 9 May 2019, University of Nottingham, conference on Arts and Humanities and the GCRF Agenda.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019