Sharing our limited experience for trainers: participatory rural appraisal or participatory learning methods

Publication year: 
1991

MYRADA, an NGO working in Karnataka, India, has been using PRA/PALM (Participatory Learning Methods) since 1988. This article reflects on their learning experiences, concentrating on the organisation and approach needed when carrying out PRA activities in a village. PRA/PALM should be "more than a training for outsiders" - the purpose of the exercise should be clear to all. PRA activities tend to "focus upon issues that can yield hard data rather than touch upon relationships". Other reflections include: the composition of the groups of PRA facilitators and of villagers, how to enter the village and "fit in", materials required, duration and timing of training.

Interest groups: 
The issues around attitudes and ethics when conducting PRA training make this article relevant to trainers, fieldworkers and researchers.
Source publication information
Journal Title: 
RRA Notes
Volume: 
13 (August)
Pages: 
58-68
Publisher
IIED, 3 Endsleigh Street, London WC1H ODD, UK
Holdings: 
IIED

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A : RRA notes 175