The art of facilitating participation: unlearning old habits and learning new ones

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This paper is based on the experiences of the Regional Community Forestry Training Center (RECOFTC), based in Thailand. The RECOFTC trains people from all over Asia in facilitating participatory decision-making processes. Many of the participants already see themselves as skilled facilitators.|The paper describes how participants are challenged to revise their views, beliefs, and habits about facilitation and participation. It includes a discussion of the difficulties of unlearning being an expert from the perspective of extension workers and NGO employees. The paper also provides examples of the types of strategies, methods, and tools RECOFTC developed making the aim for change a shared learning objective that the participants were responsible for. It concludes with a thorough discussion of the lessons learned.

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No. 48
15 -20
IIED, 3 Endsleigh Street, London WC1H ODD, UK
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International Institute for Environment and Development