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CIC Calgary: Navigating action-research partnerships for accountability: Lessons from practice for theory

December 11, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm MST


Jonathan Fox is a professor at the School of International Service at American University, where he directs the Accountability Research Center, an action-research incubator (www.accountabilityresearch.org). He is also professor emeritus in the Latin American and Latino Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His scholarly and applied research addresses the relationship between citizen action, transparency and accountability. His most recent articles were published in World Development, Journal of Peasant Studies and IDS Bulletin. His authored or co-edited books include: Subsidizing Inequality: Mexican Corn Policy Since NAFTA; Accountability Politics: Power and Voice in Rural Mexico; Mexico’s Right-to-Know Reforms: Civil Society Perspectives; Indigenous Mexican Migrants in the United States, Cross-Border Dialogues: US-Mexico Social Movement Networking; The Struggle for Accountability: The World Bank, Grassroots Movements and NGOs and The Politics of Food in Mexico: State Power and Social Mobilization. He works closely with a wide range of public interest groups, social organizations, private foundations and policymakers. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Fundar, Controla tu Gobierno, Bank Information Center and Community Agroecology Network. For publications, see: www.jonathan-fox.org

Walter Flores is a social scientist and a human rights advocate with over 25 years of professional experience. He holds a PhD and a Masters of Community Health from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK. Dr. Flores’ professional work has been carried-out in more than 30 countries from Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. His areas of expertise are: health policy analysis, health equity, right to health, democratic governance, and community participation in public policies. Dr. Flores has served as expert advisor for both the World Health Organization and the Pan-American Health Organization on different initiatives and task forces such as: Roadmap to Universal Health Coverage; Ethical guidelines for universal health coverage; Health Systems reform and Equity; Monitoring and accountability of goals for ending childhood obesity and Governance for UHC. He is also a founding member of the Community of Practitioners in Accountability and Social Action in Health (COPASAH) and currently serves as one of its steering committee members. In addition to the academic and professional activities described above, Dr. Flores participates actively with citizens’ movements promoting the right to health, equity and democratic governance.


December 11, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm MST
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CIC Calgary Branch
The Rethinking Latin American Studies From the South (The RLASS) working group