Start date:
January 2018
End date:
August 2019

This multidisciplinary research network project is jointly hosted by WISERD and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. It is funded under a Global Challenge Research Fund award from the Academy of Medical Sciences. The Principal Investigators are Professor Paul Chaney (WISERD, Cardiff) and Dr Sarbeswar Sahoo (IIT, Delhi) – in collaboration with Dr Seuty Sabur (BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh). In addition to original data gathering, the network project brings together scholars interested in citizenship rights and civil society. It is a forum for knowledge exchange, collaboration and international comparative research.

Areas of enquiry include:

  • What role does civil society play in advancing citizenship rights and promoting inclusive development?
  • How can civil society work in partnership with government in order to realise citizenship rights?
  • How do notions of citizen rights vary between different social groups, and across territories?
  • How can we conceptualise civil society, its relationship to the state - and its role in upholding democracy and citizenship rights?
  • Can we identify examples of international best practice in the promotion of citizenship rights?
  • How can we better understand the interplay between civil society, rights and international imperatives such as development aid, UN treaty obligations and Sustainable Development Goals?

Research team

Non-Technical Position Paper No.1: Exploring effective practice in civil society organisations’ promotion of citizenship rights, good governance and social justice in India and Bangladesh
This briefing is from the ‘Exploring effective practice’ project 2018-19 funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences. It reports on the findings of fieldwork, including a two-day workshop, with NGOs in India who represent different religions and work to advance gender equality...
Journal and Journal Article
Limited Gains, Enduring Violations: Civil Society Perspectives on the Implementation of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child in Bangladesh
Against the backdrop of continuing rights violations in Bangladesh, this article analyses issue-salience and framing in the policy discourse of civil society organizations (CSOs) and state elites on the implementation of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the...

Themes: Civil Society