Reclaiming our stories

The project brings together seven grassroots groups from Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America to gather their own data on the impacts of corporate actors on women’s rights to land, housing and natural resources.

Too often, local communities, particularly women, are excluded from decision-making around the use of land where they live, with devastating impacts on basic human rights and the environment. Decision-making processes around land, housing and natural resources often rely on ‘hard evidence’ developed by powerful actors such as states and corporations, rather than reflecting communities’ perspectives and priorities.

At ESCR-Net, we believe that grassroots groups and communities are the legitimate voice and the main experts regarding the issues that affect them such as inequality, impoverishment and injustice. For this reason in June 2020, with the leadership of an Advisory Group of ESCR-Net members, we launched our first project to support grassroots groups, particularly women leaders, in developing research goals, methodologies and tools, undertaking field research, analyzing the data and planning advocacy strategies and outputs. 


resources on community-led research

Over the course of the project we held several online exchanges to share our members’ experiences in developing and implementing community-led research. In this section you will find resources and tools used to support the development and implementation of research projects. Some of these resources were developed collaboratively by the advisory group of this project, while others have been made available by individual members. Watch this space for upcoming resources!

Conducting community-led surveysSurveys can be a very powerful tool to get a full picture of an issue or problem. A Community-led Survey, unlike a conventional survey, is not only about collecting information …July 6, 2021Viewmethodologies-for-data-collection resources webinars
Gathering credible human rights evidenceHuman rights documentation means gathering evidence about human rights violations. The credibility of evidence on human rights violations is often disputed. Credibility is subjective, and too often community-led data is …June 15, 2021Viewdesigning-your-research-project methodologies-for-data-collection resources
Shortguide on Focus Group Discussions and interviewsThis is a step-by-step guide for developing and conducting Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and individual interviews in community settings. The guide provides an overview on the process for developing focus …June 1, 2021Viewmethodologies-for-data-collection resources
Guide on methodologies for community-led researchThis short guide has been developed as part of ESCR-Net’s project on community-led research. The guide has been co-authored by members of the Project Advisory Group with the aim of …April 19, 2021Viewmethodologies-for-data-collection resources
Worksheet to design a community-led researchThis worksheet was developed to support research the design of an action-oriented research process led by grassroots groups.  The worksheet was used within the context of a workshops series on …April 1, 2021Viewdesigning-your-research-project resourcesgallery
Documenting Corporate Capture – Picture SeriesDocumenting Corporate Capture – Picture Series The concept of Corporate Capture refers to the many ways that economic elites exert influence to shape domestic and international decision-making spaces in order …March 26, 2021Viewdocumenting-corporate-capture resources
Corporate Capture Animated VideoWhat is corporate capture? The human rights community has started to use the words “corporate capture” to refer to this trend of corporations taking over our hard-won democratic institutions. Do …March 26, 2021Viewdocumenting-corporate-capture resources
Manifestations of corporate captureThis PDF document introduces and defines the concept of corporate capture and its eight manifestations.  The document names and explains the manifestations in depth. It begins with Community Manipulation and …March 26, 2021Viewdocumenting-corporate-capture resources uncategorized


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