A report of poverty consultations in four countries -dialogues with poor people in rural and ruban localities aimed at informing Canadian aid policy. It attempts to provide the reader with a snapshot of the lives and concerns of the people represented in each of the four country consultations. It does not advance a definitve notion or universally applicable set of indicators of well-being, but refers to the great variability that exists between and among even the communities represented and the indivudals within them.
This is a resource book designed primarily for development workers working within the field of the rural poor. It describes a range of first-hand experiences with participatory approaches in the context of projects funded by The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and governments in Asia and the Pacific. The book is divided into a number of sections. Part One examines poverty and participation and explains why the poor should be targeted and in what ways this is possible. Part Two describes in detail the actual participatory approaches. Part three concentrates on participation in the project planning and implementation stage. Part Four assesses the monitoring impact and Part Five examines issues in participation with regards to institutions, partnerships and governance.