DW AngolaResearch

Research

DW’s Research Unit guides programme decision-making and policy influencing while contributing to the growth and improvement of the organisation’s learning process. The unit also enhances accountability of the organisation to its partners through promoting good quality reporting.

Research findings and lessons from DW’s own project implementation demonstrate that community-based service delivery models provide more just and equitable access and distribution of resources. Lessons from DW’s practice and research provide the basis for advocacy and policy influencing to achieve the replication of pro-poor development programmes.

Development Workshop has been engaged in ongoing research in a number of areas. These include such key issues as community survival and coping mechanisms, land tenure (helped to found the Rede de Terra - Land Network), gender and livelihoods in the informal sector, community services access and peace and conflict risks. DW has acquired a strong capacity in rapid community appraisal techniques and is one of the first institutions in Angola to build a geographic information system (GIS) into their monitoring strategies. DW publishes its research findings through its Occasional Papers series and through its Internet site.

Sections

Post-Socialist Land Rights 1996 - 2000

Dentro do contexto do actual projecto, a Development Workshop pretende efectuar um estudo para esclarecer o estatuto das actuais leis de posse de terra e identificar os caminhos a seguir para poder desenvolver políticas sobre estas questões. Numa fase posterior do projecto, o objectivo da DW é o de divulgar de forma massiva a informação obtida através da distribuição de manuais e a formação de...

Women's Enterprise Development Program 1991 - 1998

Angola is one of Africa's most rapidly urbanizing nations largely owing to the large influxes of rural displaced peoples. These internal refugees have fled to the peri-urban areas of luanda to escape from the war being fought in the rural areas. Luanda has a current population estimate of 3 million (DW 1996;2). This large population density is one of contributing factors that account for limited...

Community Publishing in Huambo 2000 - 2001

Principais obectivos do programa: Estimular as comunidades a expressarem os seus valores. Estimular a auto-estima das populações desfavorecidas ajudando-as assim a mudarem a sua situação. Isto pretende ser conseguido essencialmente através de publicações produzidas pelas comunidades, retratando as suas experiências, opiniões e cultura.

Urban Environmental Risk Assessment, IDRC, 1998 - 2000

The objective is to develop Angolan planning for national reconstruction through improved capacity for data collection and assembly, use of GIS and monitoring of key indicators; and development of environmental health assessment tools. Presented To: International Development Research Centre (IDRC). DW proposes a two phase project on environmental risk assessment. The first, for which IDRC...

Luanda Peri-Urban Household Gender Profile 2001 - 2002

The research for this Gender and Household Profile was carried out by Development Workshop with financial assistance and methodological advice from UNICEF Angola. DW, who has been working in Angola since 1981, has successfully implemented programmes in Luanda and Huambo peri-urban areas to improve access to basic services, build local partnerships and strengthen organisational skills of the...

Voices for Peace Project, IDRC, 2002 -2004

With the ceasefire following the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Luena on 4 April 2002, Angola entered a new phase in terms of peacebuilding. New opportunities arose and government as well as national and international civil society actors in Angola adapted their programs to the new context. In order to respond to the new peacebuilding challenges, the ‘Projecto de Construção de Paz’ (PCP)...

Scavenger Studies - 1997 & 2005

In 1997, Development Workshop conducted a study on scavenging, a form of recycling waste. This study illustrated that scavenging was a strong income-generating activity for many of Luanda’s residents. In a follow-up to the 1997 research, DW’s 2005 Scavenger Study found that this informal economy remains active in post-war Luanda. While scavenging for food is still done in Luanda’s urban center,...

Mozambique Land, Housing & Decentralisation - 2008

Mozambique began a process of decentralization in 1998. Thirty-three Municipalities were created in 23 cities (cidades) and 10 towns (vilas). Most responsibility for urban planning now lies with these new Municipalities. The objective of this paper is to examine how the Municipalities have dealt with urban land management and low-income housing questions in the first 10 years of their existence....

Post-Conflict Transformation in Angola's Informal Economy 2007 - 2009

From September 2007 to June 2009 Development Workshop has carried out its proposal to expand and build upon its experience of both sector-specific and broad baseline research to develop a comprehensive and cross-sector integrated study of the Angolan informal economy. More specifically this research programme has aimed to: significantly increase quantitative and qualitative understandings of...

Post-Conflict Risk Mapping 2004 - 2006

Development Workshop recognised that is was important to understand progress with the post-conflict processes, and their viability and sustainability, and to identify any problems with implementation of these processes. Development Workshop recognised that it is particularly important to monitor progress, and to understand the dynamics of and challenges to peace, in areas distant from the capital...

Katchiungo Land Tenure Project 2005 - 2009

Este diagnostico visa contribuir para a melhoria da qualidade da informação e servir com a linha de base para o projecto de posse de terra do Municipio de Katchiungo. Este trabalho retrata os aspectos da vida do município de Katchiungo em varias dimensões relacionadas com a problemática de ocupação da terra. Este é o estudo de base que forma a primeira fase das actividades desenvolvidas pelo...

National System of Territorial Information 2006 - 2009

Within the Angolan Government’s stated goal to eliminate slums and to provide adequate, affordable and dignified housing, the National System of Territorial Information (Sistema Nacional de Informação Territorial - SNIT) provides an excellent monitoring framework to measure the achievement of these goals. Adoption of the MDG indicators allows Angola to measure its progress toward these objectives...

Poverty and Environmental Vulnerability in Angola’s Growing Slums 2009 - 2012

Development Workshop with support from the International Development Resaerch Centre (IDRC) carried out the Poverty and Environmental Vulnerability in Angola’s Growing Slums research project from 2009 to 2012 in three urban areas of Angola, namely Luanda (the capital city of Angola), Huambo (the capital of Huambo Province), and Catchiungo (the main town in the District of Catchiungo in Huambo...

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