Non-Residential Atlantic Fellows
Visiting Atlantic Fellows
The Inequality Toolkit
Development, Testing and Publication of an Inequality Framework and Toolkit
The first Visiting Atlantic Fellow project - a collaboration between Dr Abigail McKnight (LSE Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion) and Oxfam - will develop a robust and pragmatic Inequality Framework and Toolkit that will help activists and practitioners improve their understanding of inequalities. It aims to allow a better understanding of inequalities properly in any given context, including their links to poverty dynamics, their main drivers, and the consequences for citizens, for effective programming and policy-making. The aim is that the Framework and Toolkit builds on the latest academic research and integrates practitioner, activist and policy expertise held within Oxfam to produce a theoretically grounded yet practical product that will allow policy makers, activists and practitioners to grasp inequalities with the width and depth required.
The team will also include input from Dr Polly Vizard (Associate Professorial Research Fellow LSE, UK) and Prof Ben Fine (Research Tutor, SOAS, UK) and research support from Pedro Mendes Loureiro.
Gender Inequalities in India
Addressing Gender Inequalities through Self-Help Groups in Gond Adivasi Communities of Kanker in India
For nearly three decades the organisation Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) has been working in the central Indian tribal heartland, to address chronic and abject poverty. The project, in collaboration with Dr Naila Kabeer from LSE, seeks to explore how Adivasi Gond women in India understand and experience gender inequality and the extent to which current interventions around self-help groups of women address the same. It also aims to identify emergent pathways to engender processes of change. This project would not only help in rethinking practice but also aims to contribute to the growing concern amidst academia to bring subaltern voices (such as the Adivasi) to the forefront. Additionally, it is envisaged that findings from the research could inform policy within ongoing government programs for impact both on poverty and gender inequality.