participatory development, creative problem-solving, philanthropy, food security
How does one build a Request for Proposals (RFP) process that allows for bottom-up participation while simultaneously being pragmatic and adept enough to manoeuvre the complexities of a multi-stakeholder environment defined by differing interests, objectives, mandates, and power dynamics? This article showcases the findings from participatory work with stakeholder groups working in the area of food security in Southern Ontario’s Halton Region. It demonstrates a process designed with the specific intent of increasing the engagement of beneficiaries and service providers in the RFP process. Finally, the article seeks to shed additional light on theory and practice of “participatory approaches” in the context of philanthropy. It is important to be realistic in not reifying participation itself in this context. In both theory and practice, this means adopting lenses and models that openly consider the complex realities, political obstacles, and trade-offs that occur when negotiating participation in this environment.
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (FHASS)
Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy
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Original Publication Citation
McNamara, Michael J., Cumming, Sara J. and Pulis, Jessica E. (2019). Innovations from the Margins: Creating Inclusive and Equitable Academic-Community Research Collaborations. Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, 9(2), 41-46. https://doi.org/10.22230/cjnser.2018v9n2a279
McNamara, Michael J.; Cumming, Sara; and Pulis, Jessica, "Innovations from the Margins: Creating Inclusive and Equitable Academic-Community Research Collaborations" (2018). Publications and Scholarship. 35.