The aid and development sector has been a pioneer within the engagement field, developing practical and innovative methodologies such as Participatory Appraisal as well as embedding concepts such as ownership through participation as part of mainstream policy. The focus of such activity has been in developing countries themselves.
Beyond one way communication with UK taxpayers, the Department for International Development (DFID) has made limited attempts to engage citizens in deliberation about the trade-offs inherent within the aid world. This is in stark contrast to developments within science and technology, where significant thought and effort has gone into finding ways to open up policy making to citizen voices, hopes and aspirations.
Taking this as the starting point, ‘Resetting the Aid Relationship’ explores what lessons DFID and other development actors can learn from the progress made to engage the public in policies involving science and technology. The paper concludes that DFID could significantly increase public support if it engaged British citizens differently
The full report: Resetting the Aid Relationship
The summary: Resetting the Aid Relationship Summary