Scaling Up from Village Level Participatory Rural Appraisals to Region-Wide Participatory Resources Management Planning: Uses for Geographic Information Systems
This paper considers an initiative in Kenya to use PRA to integrate local level participation into division, district and provincial data sets in order to scale up from village to regional participatory plans. PRA is used to provide a village plan, a village based data sets and a list of village based actions. The scaling up approach seeks a methodology to integrate the village information into a regional data set, and through analysis based on geographic information systems, to determine the feasibility and scale for different options which villagers have proposed. This paper describes the methodology and presents findings from the first six months of trials, discussing potential difficulties. Appended are eight pages of comments by Robert Chambers.