This is a brief manual on PRA aimed at rural development workers/facilitators. Issues related to participation - its ideological basis and differences, and our understanding of participation based on our experience of the recent past - are discussed in the fist section of the manual. Discussion on PRA methods and techniques is dealt with in the second section of the manual. PRA methods most commonly in use such as mapping, time lines, wealth ranking etc. are discussed on a topic by topic basis with the use of pictures/charts wherever possible.
ABC of PRA: Attitude, Behaviour and Change : a report on South - South workshop on PRA : attitudes and behaviour.
This is a report of a workshop organised for experienced trainers from the South, focusing on attitudes and behaviour. In particular: How do attitudes and behaviour of officials and professionals change when they become involved with PRA? What training (or other strategies) encourage such change? The report contains personal experiences and training tips. The report also presents issues on the institutionalisation of PRA, and PRA in developed countries, and has a section aimed at donors and governments. The vision statement of the Network is to provide opportunities to like-minded institutions, organisations and individuals committed to participatory approaches to strengthen capacities in various processes of community development. The concluding sections has summaries of 17 papers presented by participants, a field visit report, workshop evaluation and sharing of concerns and plans for the future. It ends with individual commitments and addresses of the participants.
This is a workshop report in Hindi, which discusses the use of PRA methods with Dalits and women in India, focusing on three major themes. The first is the need to involve the people who are the 'target' of PRA approaches. Despite the emphasis on 'bottom-up' approaches, this has not been the reality, hence the call to revise and refocus on people. Secondly, PRA practitioners are urged to re-examine their roles and change themselves as part of returning to the roots of PRA. They need to become more helpers and facilitators and less teachers and leaders of PRA projects. Finally, literature on PRA should be in a range of local languages to be more accessible
Pamphlet reporting on the method and findings of a research activity selected and undertaken by children in Dhaka. The key findings include mistreatment and misbehaviour by adults, undesirable jobs, lack of trust by employers, marriage problems for girls, uncertain future, poor income, disrespect, injustice and lack of access to education. The pamphlet includes recommendations from the children and a strategy for the children's own advocacy activities.
This small booklet is a collection of satirical cartoons dealing with some of the misuses and abuses of PRA. The central character of the book is an unnamed local villager through whose eyes we see these situations. It is intended to facilitate self-reflection for development workers and as training material for PRA trainers. The cartoons deal with a range of issues concerning the misuse of PRA as a field tool. These cartoons could be used for discussion and are easily understandable. They are simple but convey some important messages.