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This paper reflects Oxfam’s experience of commissioning and managing action research in OPTI. Action research is a process of enquiry conducted by citizens and members of affected communities, rather than by trained researchers. Civil society in OPTI has limited space for operation. Oxfam therefore identified action research as a potentially effective model of community empowerment and an innovative way to identify opportunities for change in the ‘locked in’ context of OPTI.

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