Global Development Review Podcast


Participatory Praxis in Development Interventions: Experiences From South Asia

Ep. 3

The guest of this episode is Tom Thomas. Tom is Chief Executive Officer of Praxis-Institute of Participatory Practices. Tom has close to three decades of experience in international social development research with expertise across various thematic areas. He has held international top management positions such as Country Director and Asia Regional Coordinator with reputed international organisations, in addition to national positions. He has led several large national and international research teams with country, regional and International responsibilities on several assignments that have provided critical inputs into development policy and thinking on social development, in India and in several countries across South Asia. He is a proficient facilitator of participatory action research and participatory learning activities (PLA) in areas including poverty, health, food security, education, democratic decentralization, livelihoods and local governance with a special focus on social equity as well as more recently on the theme of business and human rights. Tom is also the Convener of Corporate Responsibility Watch, a civil society coalition that acts as a watchdog in the business and human rights space. Tom has authored and edited books as well as written several articles in internationally reputed journals.

In this episode, Tom will reflect and share his insights about participatory praxis in development interventions and discuss how we can approach development interventions or policies in a more inclusive and participatory way, based on his decades of experience in South Asia.

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What counts as modern slavery: A contemporary critical perspective

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Our guest for this episode of Global Development Review Podcast is Prof. Joel Quirk. Joel Quirk is a Professor of Politics at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. His research focuses upon slavery and abolition, mobility and work, social movements, repairing historical wrongs, and the history and politics of Africa. He is a co-founder and editor of the Beyond Trafficking and Slavery (BTS) project, which is housed within openDemocracy. His most recent project with BTS was It’s time to get off the fence on sex workers’ rights (London: openDemocracy, 2021). In this episode, Prof. Joel discusses with Jaffer Latief Najar about critical perspectives on modern slavery and human trafficking. He shares his insights on the history of slavery and how we understand slavery in context of contemporary modern world. He critically reflects on the discourse of modern slavery and share his insights on the comparison of human trafficking with slavery or modern day slavery. Prof. Joel also talks about the implications of policies concerning human trafficking and modern slavery on the individuals and communities, and how it effects the trajectories of such individuals. Based on his years of contribution and research experience in the field, he suggests the way forward in research and policy to assist persons living at the margin.We hope you enjoy this conversation. Global Development Review Podcast is available on social media platforms like Google Podcasts, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook. Please follow for future updates and visit our website for previous episodes.