Active Citizenship

What does active citizenship mean in different African contexts? This research will try to follow the grain of what makes sense to people in different walks of life (e.g. among youths, women, people living with disabilities, civil servants, faith groups, people in business, leaders, media etc.). The idea will be to dig into the incentive structures that promote certain perceptions and attitudes, for example, towards corruption, politicians’ allowances and leadership.

The aim is to advance thinking around ‘civic activism’ as a form of exercising citizen responsibilities, participation, and civic engagement, including holding public office holders to account. We will develop analytical frameworks for understanding active citizenship as well as use the already available ones such as such as ‘Civic Driven Change’, which has been developed by Kees Biekart and Alan Fowler.