Learning from poor people's experience: immersions

Irvine, Renwick|Chambers, Robert|Eyben, Rosalind
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This paper is about the practice and the potential of immersions. Immersions are occasions when professionals learn directly from encounters with poor and marginalised people by living with them and reflecting on the experience. Those taking part may be the staff of bilateral and multilateral agencies, diplomats, parliamentarians, government officials, NGO staff, academics, or other development professionals.|Aims were to:|describe types and purposes of immersions;|review practical experience with immersion design, logistical organisation and the host community;|assess the rationale and impact of immersions, including better awareness of the realites of poor and marginalised people, personal and institutional learning and change, reinvigorated commitment, and influence on decision-making and policy;|identify enabling conditions for making immersion experiences a normal, regular and expected activity for development professionals, together with good practices.|Authors' summary

Source publication information
Lessons for change in policy and organizations, no. 13
28 p.
Bookshop, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9RE, UK
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Institute of Development Studies

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