Capacity Development

Development Capacity (Beta)

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Image Why Participatory Approach?
While there are many examples of good practice, there is a danger that they remain isolated, with little impact on the gulfs that separate poor people’s perspectives from expert-driven science and technology. Innovation to enhance and spread dynamics ... is a critical challenge. In institutional terms this challenge is not straightforward, given the ways that departments and disciplines are currently organized. New institutions are needed which bring together poor people, frontline workers, scientists, administrators and policy-makers in new ways that promote dialogue about long-term futures and technology options, about more immediate science and technology priorities, about technology adaptation to local contexts, and about risks and uncertainties and ways to regulate these. Such institutions would need to enable both open-ended and focused dialogue around particular problem areas. Some such institutions might operate at more local scales, but would need to articulate with national and global equivalents, in a networked interaction (Leach & Scoones 2006: 64).
obj To develop capacity of the project team to be able to appreciate the use of participatory approaches in project planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
This module aims to contribute to a basic orientation for people not exposed to participatory development concepts. Projects having strong development interface may organize such training in the beginning of a project. IRRI-PETRRA (1999-2004) and IRRI-FoSHoL (2004-2007) used this in different capacities and the ongoing IRRI projects such as CSISA, STRASA, IRRC & CURE could use this for orientation of team members.
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This module is adapted from FAO 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:26