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Reframing Undernutrition: Faecally-Transmitted Infections and the 5 As

Robert Chambers and Gregor von Medeazza

Despite many initiatives to assure food access, and growing economies, high levels of undernutrition persist in much of Asia. This Working Paper explores the increasing evidence that this is due to the continuing high incidence of open defecation (OD), combined with population density, which has mulitiple debilitating outcomes.  With the focus on diarrhoea-related ill health, there has

Participatory Approaches

image of book coverThis new Methodological Brief from UNICEF looks at participatory approaches in impact evaluation.  Written by Irene Guijt, this practical briefing explores what participatory approaches are, when it is appropriate to use them and how to make the most of them – all in the context of impact evaluation.  It goes on to look at ethical concerns, analysis and feedback and good practice.

Wellbeing Ranking: Developments in applied community-level poverty research

Edited by John Rowleyimage of front cover

This new book from Practical Action Publishing explores well-being ranking.  This method has developed from wealth-ranking and incorporates the broader aspects of well-being - such as social standing and health – that people value as much as material wealth.  It tells of the rise of these methods since the 1980s and at how well-being ranking exercises can help identify important differences within communities

Top book recommendations from our team...

Members of the Participation Team at IDS were recently asked for their "top book of all time on participation".  Each week we'll feature one person’s top book.  This week it’simage of stack of books the turn of Robert Chambers who’s chosen...

Andrea Cornwall’s edited book The Participation Reader (Zed Books, London and New York, 2011).  Robert says:

Webinar: Disability-Making CLTS fully inclusive

On Thursday 30th October, 10-11.30am (GMT), the Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Knowledge Hub together with Hazel Jones (WEDC) and Jane Wilbur (WaterAid) will be hosting a webinar on the theme of the recently published Frontiers issue 3:

Citizen Participation in Local Governance: a global vision coming from the bottom up

A new book from LogoLink

This book presents the reflections and analyses of more than 500 participants from across Africa, Asia and Latin America.  Brought together by LogoLink (the Learning Initiative on Citizen Participation and Local Governance) they included social leaders, human rights activists, academics and politicians as well as representatives of community, grassroots and advocacy organisations.  Their synthesis culminated in the World Charter for the Right to Citizen Participation in Local Governance.  Whilst this book is not available online, some of the chapters are and can be found on the Logolink website along with details of how to purchase it.