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Talking About Participation - A Study of Participatory Development Discourse in Sweden’s International Support to Civil Society

Träff, Carl-Magnus LU (2017) SIMV29 20171
Department of Political Science
Master of Science in Development Studies
Graduate School
Abstract
This thesis focuses on participatory development discourse in Sweden’s support to civil society in developing countries, channelled through Swedish civil society organisations with which Sida has framework agreements. The thesis uses a modified version of Norman Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis, with an operationalisation of participatory development discourse that defines it as either formal or transformative. The analysis focuses on documents from the Swedish government, Sida, and two framework organisations, We Effect and the Swedish Mission council. The analysis indicates that the government and Sida use a discourse that is in between formal and transformative discourse, while the Swedish Mission Council and We Effect’s... (More)
This thesis focuses on participatory development discourse in Sweden’s support to civil society in developing countries, channelled through Swedish civil society organisations with which Sida has framework agreements. The thesis uses a modified version of Norman Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis, with an operationalisation of participatory development discourse that defines it as either formal or transformative. The analysis focuses on documents from the Swedish government, Sida, and two framework organisations, We Effect and the Swedish Mission council. The analysis indicates that the government and Sida use a discourse that is in between formal and transformative discourse, while the Swedish Mission Council and We Effect’s discourse are closer to the transformative. These discursive differences between different levels within the Swedish development community had been predicted based on earlier research. The Swedish Mission Council and We Effect were also found to have embraced the rights-based approach to development, something that contradicts earlier studies of faith-based and political organisations. It seems likely that the differing results stem from the nature of the Swedish development community. A suggestion for future research might therefore be comparative studies of different national development communities, focusing on participatory and rights-based development. (Less)
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Träff, Carl-Magnus LU
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SIMV29 20171
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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participatory development, development discourse, Sida, civil society organisation, rights-based approach
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English
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8914063
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  abstract     = {This thesis focuses on participatory development discourse in Sweden’s support to civil society in developing countries, channelled through Swedish civil society organisations with which Sida has framework agreements. The thesis uses a modified version of Norman Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis, with an operationalisation of participatory development discourse that defines it as either formal or transformative. The analysis focuses on documents from the Swedish government, Sida, and two framework organisations, We Effect and the Swedish Mission council. The analysis indicates that the government and Sida use a discourse that is in between formal and transformative discourse, while the Swedish Mission Council and We Effect’s discourse are closer to the transformative. These discursive differences between different levels within the Swedish development community had been predicted based on earlier research. The Swedish Mission Council and We Effect were also found to have embraced the rights-based approach to development, something that contradicts earlier studies of faith-based and political organisations. It seems likely that the differing results stem from the nature of the Swedish development community. A suggestion for future research might therefore be comparative studies of different national development communities, focusing on participatory and rights-based development.},
  author       = {Träff, Carl-Magnus},
  keyword      = {participatory development,development discourse,Sida,civil society organisation,rights-based approach},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Talking About Participation - A Study of Participatory Development Discourse in Sweden’s International Support to Civil Society},
  year         = {2017},
}