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Stakeholder participation in development research

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The urgent need for a socio-ecological transition and the complexity of related problems require ways of knowledge production that combine the expertise of researchers with know-how and insights of stakeholders affected by those problems, and who are potential local actors of change.

In this context, stakeholder participation has gained prominence in development research. On the one hand, it can help researchers to learn about local realities and therefore question existing hypotheses, discover problems and coping strategies, and integrate local views and ideas about present and future (policy) solutions. On the other hand, it can enable local stakeholders to co-design the research process and to obtain new perspectives on specific issues they are concerned with.

In the past years, a large variety of participatory processes and methods have been developed and implemented in development research. However, in order to be an integral and valuable part of the research, those processes have to be carefully designed and carried out. Critical reflection and exchange of experiences in this field can help to advance the quality and effectiveness of participatory processes.

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Organised by: Austrian Foundation for Development Research (ÖFSE) and International Institute for Systems Analysis (IIASA)
In cooperation with: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) and FUSE
Supported by Austrian Development Cooperation

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