Research Outputs

Project Overview

Making Local Governance Work for Women: Exploring New Institutional Possibilities
Author: IT for Change, Dec 2013

An interim overview of the 'Women-gov' project that briefly outlines the intervention strategies adopted by each of the three project sites: Brazil, India and South Africa, and the impacts of the same.




Preliminary Research Analysis


At the Interim Research Meeting that was held in IT for Change, Bengaluru in February 2014, the preliminary research analysis from each of the three sites of the Women-Gov action-research project was shared and discussed.


Brazil Report from Instituto Nupef, Rio de Janeiro
Author: Graciela Selaimen


India Report from IT for Change, Bengaluru

Authors:Anita Gurumurthy and Nandini Chami


South Africa Report from University of the Western Cape, Cape Town
Author: Desiree Lewis


Research Process Documents


Baseline Study Framework
Author: IT for Change , 2012

Between June-July 2012, a shared baseline study framework for the Brazil, India and South Africa sites of the Women-gov project was evolved in order to study the following aspects:

  1. Nature of local governance systems, (formal and informal) institutions and local democracy
  2. Nature of women's marginalisation at the community level; and
  3. Access and use of digital technologies, and technology regimes


Monitoring & Evaluation Framework
Author: IT for Change , 2013

In order to support the cycle of intervention-reflection- reflective intervention that is crucial to action-research, a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework was developed for the Women-gov project in October 2013.



Notes from field

Some reflections on our information centres strategy
Author: Anita Gurumurthy and Nandini.C, IT for Change 2012

In this document, we discuss some of our experiences in the field, as part of the Women-gov action research project (Mysore, India). In specific, we reflect upon those conversations and experiences that raise some issues for reflection, around the information centres component of our project strategy.




To break down doors or to unlock them?
Authors: Anita Gurumurthy and Nandini. C., IT for Change 2012

Drawing upon conversations from the women of the Mahila Samakhya collectives who are part of the India Women-gov project, this note reflects upon the need to examine the question of political subjectivity within and beyond conventional citizenship frameworks.





Some reflections on language, voice and political action from the Yalodês project
Author: Graciela Selaimen,Instituto Nupef 2013

We understood, in the first months of the Yalodês project, that the most pressing need in terms of qualifying and improving black women's collective participation in local governance is to strengthen and amplify the women's voices, especially aiming for the better recognition of these leaders as legitimate political actors, improving the quality of their participation in the local governance structures and processes. This document details our reflections on strategies for  amplifying women's political voice.