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Community development as organizational learning: the importance of agent-participant reciprocity

This paper argues that for the development process to be successful, stress should be placed on both community and development agents engaging in mutual learning in order to promote change. This reciprocal relationship can be developed using the organizational learning model. The authors contend that this type of agent-participant relationship is beneficial in two ways: people with different experiences, interests and worldviews can be brought together; change within the development agent is acknowledged as legitimate.

Helping NGOs and community groups analyze reproductive health and gender issues

This newsletter for project personnel was developed with World Neighbors' program partners in Nepal. It focuses on participatory tools and exercises which are designed to enable participants to identify the causes and consequences of specific reproductive health problems, and then analyse them in terms of context (medical vs. social) and relative impact on men and women.