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Introducing PRA/PLA Tools

This is to introduce PRA/PLA tools as well as other techniques which can be applied to support participatory processes and workshops.

Key Issues:
  • PRA/PLA tools
  • other techniques

This is made up of a collection of tools and methods. The facilitator will need to choose which ones are appropriate to the working and living context of the participants. S\he will also need to decide at which stage of the training workshop s\he will introduce them.

Experience has shown that the training process is much more stimulating for participants, if at least one PRA/PLA tool is introduced into each training session from the very beginning. Trainees enjoy the application of tools, as it is something concrete which instantly gives a sense of how participatory approaches can be applied on the ground.

Background to PRA/PLA tools: PRA/PLA Tools were created in order to ease common working and communication processes and to adapt abstract analysis and research processes to the needs of those working at the local or grass-roots level.

It is important to keep this background in mind. PRA-Tools should be looked upon as just ‘tools’. Many facilitators tend to use these tools too mechanically. They push participants to apply a tool in the same way and the same sequence or predefined steps.

This mechanical application of tools is especially common among inexperienced facilitators who may feel safer following a set procedure when facilitating a process over which s\he does not yet have full mastery. However, as soon as one feels more comfortable with facilitation, one should concentrate on becoming as flexible as possible, allowing and proposing deviations, additional contents or even completely changing approaches, if they serve the goals that the respective group wants to achieve.


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