About the speaker
Ana Amaya is a Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS). She defended her Doctorate of Public Health in Public Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and holds a Master of Public Health in Global Communicable Diseases from the University of South Florida.
About the lecture
Participatory Action Research (PAR) is a reflective and concerted process of problem-solving where multiple actors collectively define the research problem and objectives and work towards solutions. Given that PAR is generally applied at the community level, there is little evidence of this approach being used at the supra-national level. The Poverty Reduction and Regional Integration (PRARI) project, a two year ESRC/DFID-funded study, seeks to do this by using collaborative PAR with identified partners in South America (UNASUR) and Southern Africa (SADC) to build a toolkit of input, process, output and outcome indicators that capture regional policy change and pro-poor regional health policy success. The overall objective of this study is to understand what regional institutional practices and methods of regional policy formation are conducive to the emergence of embedded pro-poor health strategies, and what can national, regional and international actors do to promote these. This seminar will present preliminary results from this ongoing study.