Participatory Research Group


Participate: Knowledge from the margins for post-2015 has been established to ensure that the most vulnerable and marginalised communities have the opportunity to shape post-2015 policymaking and that a future global framework reflects the priorities of those directly affected by poverty and injustice. It will fill a crucial gap in the current policy context and provide a more accurate insight into the realities of how people experience poverty and how they think change is possible at ground level. The initiative is co-convened by IDS and Beyond 2015.

Aims of the Participatory Research Group

  • To bring perspectives of those who live in poverty or who are highly marginalised into post-2015 policymaking.
  • To lay the foundations for embedding participatory research in global policy-making.
  • To engage in advocacy to ensure that decision-makers understand the significance of this work for the post-2015 debate and genuinely incorporate it into their thinking.
  • To undertake a meta-analysis and synthesis of both existing and ongoing participatory research initiatives, that has depth and legitimacy, to effectively communicate key messages.
  • To ensure that knowledge from the margins is central to the monitoring and accountability of a future framework in the long term.
  • To generate knowledge, understanding and relationships which will be a global public good within the wider development arena.

Participating organisations

The following members participated in the PRG’s inception workshop in October 2012; full membership is not yet finalised.

  • ATD Fourth World
  • Disability Age Mental Health Consortium
  • Family for EveryChild
  • Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Xochimilco
  • Panos
  • Praxis
  • Restless Development
  • Spatial Collective
  • The Seed Institute
  • The Theatre for Development Centre

Please find here a short description and the launch press release for your information. For further information, do not hesitate to contact Joanna Wheeler (j.wheeler@ids.ac.uk) or Amy Pollard (apollard@cafod.org.uk).