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Regional Research–Policy Partnerships for Health Equity and Inclusive Development: Reflections on Opportunities and Challenges from a Southern African Perspective

Yeates, Nicola; Moeti, Themba and Luwabelwa, Mubita (2019). Regional Research–Policy Partnerships for Health Equity and Inclusive Development: Reflections on Opportunities and Challenges from a Southern African Perspective. IDS Bulletin, 50(1) pp. 121–142.

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.19088/1968-2019.109
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Abstract

This article critically reflects on the experience and lessons from a health-focused social policy research project (PRARI) involving a partnership spanning multiple countries across southern Africa and Europe. It asks what factors condition the efficacy of the partnership–policy nexus. The PRARI-SADC partnership case study used participatory action research (PAR) to create a regional indicators-based monitoring ‘toolkit’ of pro‑poor health policy and change for the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The article addresses the partnership drivers, features, methodological context, and process of the project, and the wider implications for constructing partnerships for social change impact. Lessons drawn from this case study underscore the importance of PAR-inspired partnership structures and working methods while querying assumptions that the relationship between PAR and policy change is ‘seamless’. We argue that greater focus is needed on the wider institutional context conditioning the work of partnerships when considering the efficacy of the partnership–policy nexus.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 The Authors
ISSN: 0265-5012
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Poverty reduction and regional integration: a comparative analysis of SADC and UNASUR health policies (D-12-058-NY)ES/L005336/1ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Extra Information: This publication was funded by the Impact Initiative.
Keywords: regional integration; regionalism; international partnerships; Southern African Development Community; SADC; health; poverty; social policy; participatory action research; monitoring and evaluation system
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Citizenship and Governance
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 61753
Depositing User: Nicola Yeates
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2019 13:10
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2020 03:55
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/61753
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