Exclusion of the poor and the marginalised from the development process has given rise to the concerns for active citizenship, responsible participation of people and accountability in the development process. Such concerns seek alternate forms of development, which foster more inclusive and deliberate forms of citizen engagement. Development Research Centre (DRC) on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability aims to re-cast such concerns on inclusion, participation and accountability in a rights-based and citizenship-centered mould both in theory and practice. This article, briefly highlighting the background of DRC on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability, presents PRIA's perspective on these themes.
The article is based on the presentation given by Dr. Rajesh Tandon at the Inception Workshop of \"Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability\", on 22-24 November 2000 at IDS, Sussex, UK.
Innovations in Civil Society - Vol 1 No 1. pp. 17-22