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Participatory rural appraisal : proceedings of the February 1991 Bangalore PRA trainers workshop

The Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA) Notes is a continuing series of collated recent articles on rural development, written by practitioners worldwide in the field. This volume covers the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) Trainers Workshop in Bangalore, India. Section A discusses methods used in India to stimulate villagers' participation in discussions, interviewing procedures, and innovative approaches to explain concepts to analphabetic people in an non-authoritarian manner. These included "participatory mapping" by the community using sticks, stones, leaves and/or other available materials for delineation of watersheds, land use, drainage patterns and other thematic maps. Section B consists of 13 case studies in the promotion of community participation in rural and natural resource development projects. The concepts outlined in Section A were shown to be quite effective in the elucidation of problems and constraints, and the development of solutions.

TitleParticipatory rural appraisal : proceedings of the February 1991 Bangalore PRA trainers workshop
Publication TypeConference Report
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsChambers, R., Mascarenhas, J., Shah, P., Joseph, S., Jayakaran, R., Devavaram, J., Ramachandran, V., Fernandez, A., Pretty, J.
Secondary TitleRRA notes / IIED
Volumeno. 13
Pagination143 p.: fig., tab., photogr.
Date Published1991-01-01
PublisherInternational Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Place PublishedLondon, UK
Keywordscommunity participation, evaluation methods, ghb, india, participatory methods, planning, rapid rural appraisals, rural development
Abstract

The Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA) Notes is a continuing series of collated recent articles on rural development, written by practitioners worldwide in the field. This volume covers the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) Trainers Workshop in Bangalore, India. Section A discusses methods used in India to stimulate villagers' participation in discussions, interviewing procedures, and innovative approaches to explain concepts to analphabetic people in an non-authoritarian manner. These included "participatory mapping" by the community using sticks, stones, leaves and/or other available materials for delineation of watersheds, land use, drainage patterns and other thematic maps. Section B consists of 13 case studies in the promotion of community participation in rural and natural resource development projects. The concepts outlined in Section A were shown to be quite effective in the elucidation of problems and constraints, and the development of solutions.

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