Participatory action research for a small industries promotion programme.
This paper reports on the activities of the Women in Fishing (WIF) programme which aims to The article reflects on the obstacles to womens participation in both an initial meeting on the theme of social security rights of fisher women and also in the women's associations formed as a result of the meeting.
Report of a participatory exercise carried out in 10 selected wards of Firozabad to facilitate the communities to assess and analyse the situation of working children in their wards and develop plans to the problem.
Evaluation report of the Poorest Household Focus Programme (PHFP) which includes a critical assessment of the use of a participatory approach by the project. Discussion groups with various stakeholders were the main means of evaluation utilised in the study.
This paper is based on case studies from Zimbabwe, Botswana, Brazil, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea, in which an attempt was made to value species not incorporated in formal economic calculations. The studies were carried out by combining economic approaches for resource valuation or for incentives for resource management, with participatory research techniques, based largely on RRA and PRA. The two traditions are summarised and the way in which they can be combined explored, with reflections on some of the challenges encountered.
Findings from research carried out in residential communities adjacent to chemical industries in Durban. The purpose of the research was to begin the process of developing community-based quality of life indicators for monitoring and evaluating the performance of the industries. This was done using a range of participatory methods with men and women in community groups, and was part of a wider set of Local Agenda 21 activities within the city.
This article describes the logic, structure and mechanics of a participatory monitoring and evaluation system designed for group-based savings and credit programs and provides illustrations to highlight certain key elements. Preliminary results of field tests are also discussed. In the system the participant community not only collect data but also analyse, act upon it and 'own' the data. The internal learnings made are shared by the groups with donors and assisting development organisations.
Newletter from the Squatter and Urban Poor Federation. Run by women and men who live in Phnom Penh's poor settlements, it SUPF works to get communities to come together and work out their own solutions to problems they all face, problems of land, evictions, houses, toilets, basic services, savings and credit.
This paper from the Rockefeller Foundation uses case studies from four states in the United States (Atlanta, New York, California, and Maryland) to discuss the challenges and benefits of community building initiatives. It seeks to demonstrate how community building in poor urban communities can help to strengthen the social fabric of the communities and address the issue of urban poverty. Furthermore, it offers various institutional approaches to community development and describes five pillars of community building: leadership, patience, realistic but high expectations, community-wide capacity building, and courage and candor about race.