Lambeth Cooperative Council

The UK’s Cooperative Councils and State-Citizen Relations

by Michael Walton In development there is longstanding interest around greater participation of citizens as a means of improving the responsiveness and effectiveness of public services.  This is important, complex and difficult—especially when the initiative flows from above, even more so when donors pressure governments to induce local participation. It was thus...

Who should pay for maternity leave?

by Isabel Guerrero. This was the question this week on CNN-Dinero.  The facts are shocking. The US is the only OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) country that doesn’t have paid maternity leave – joining Togo, Suriname and other small islands that are nowhere near as developed as the US. In my interview...

SEWA makes surveying a reciprocal act

by Michael Walton. Surveying households usually feels like an act of extraction—the person interviewed is asked to answer loads of questions, some quite personal, and then they typically see neither the surveyor again nor the survey results, especially in large scale surveys. SEWA has been undertaking a census of all its 1.5...

Understanding the System and Getting to Action

  by Isabel Guerrero Last week (July 14-15) we held our third Scaling up Workshop with SRIJAN, to continue the scaling up journey. The first two workshops (in December and March) were exciting and inspiring, and the team saw huge potential. It entailed a new way of thinking about SRIJAN’s work as...

Sankalp Africa Forum 2016

by Isabel Guerrero. End of February and Nairobi was buzzing with social entrepreneurs, from all over Africa and beyond. IMAGOGG was luck to be part of it. One of these events was the Sankalp Africa Forum 2016, which brought together over 450 delegates from 25 countries. Two days at the Kenya School...

Meeting Geeta Devi after Nine Years

by Isabel Guerrero. This week an IMAGO team visited Tonk in Rajasthan to look at how the Self Help Groups and Federations are working, as well as to look at the work of SRIJAN in the field. Back in 2006 when I visited for the first time, I was the Country Director...