Experiences of a student at mid-project workshop

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Public Voice, Teaching | No Comments
Experiences of a student at mid-project workshop

Scholars shared experiences of the challenges they faced when trying to study the policies of their countries. Scholars from Botswana, for instance, spoke of how difficult it was to access information held by the state and to interview public officials. In Uganda, on the other hand, scholars had no problem accessing the policy, but found that it was poorly, if rarely, executed.

Economic, social and cultural rights: The limitless textbook

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Policy, Teaching | No Comments
Economic, social and cultural rights: The limitless textbook

It costs money to build and staff hospitals and schools that make the right to health and education a reality. And while not everyone in the world has an internet connection, providing internet access to people as fast as possible would go a long way towards achieving economic, social and cultural rights through the use of the limitless textbooks concept.

The role of narrative change in influencing policy

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 in Policy, Teaching | No Comments
The role of narrative change in influencing policy

Adapted from a paper by Brett Davidson. Narratives are important in guiding individual beliefs and decision-making, and therefore they would play an important role in policy processes, too. Narratives play a key role in the negotiation of meaning in the political sphere. However, while this is something in which social movements, the media and the state are continuously engaged, it often does not receive as much conscious and strategic attention as other areas of contestation—certainly in the human rights field.