Decolonise IVS


Participatory Action Research Team

The project Research Team is composed of members coming from our network of International Voluntary Services (IVS) organisations in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Germany, Nepal, South Africa, Togo, the Philippines, Uganda, and Zimbabwe met in Brussels for a week of co-learning, co-creating, and collaborating.

Diving deeper into the topic:

The Participatory Action Research Team consists of 20  members from the partner organisations. The team of researchers will explore further the existing neo-colonial aspects of international volunteering. First, the team learned about PAR in a training led by researcher Felipe Moreira Alves and will then conduct research in their own organisations, with peer support from the other team members.

Filipe Miguel Moreira Alves is connected as a researcher/lecturer to the University of Lisbon but he also works as a facilitator and mediator between civil society, academia and decision-makers using participatory action-research methodologies and promoting local empowerment and active participatory citizenship. He is highly engaged with social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Portugal and Europe.