Methods for Community Participation: A Complete Guide for Practitioners

Methods for Community Participation: A Complete Guide for Practitioners


By (author) Somesh Kumar, Foreword by Robert Chambers

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  • Publisher: ITDG Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 235mm x 19mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1853395544
  • ISBN 13: 9781853395543
  • Illustrations note: 91 black & white line drawings, 2 black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 141,037

Product description

This book combines the concept, practice and application of participatory rural appraisal (PRA) in a comprehensive manner. The author views PRA as a means of opening up new ways of approaching various problems within the development process. He defines it as a growing body of methods to enable local people to share, enhance and analyze their knowledge of life and conditions in order to plan, act, monitor and evaluate their actions. The basic premise of PRA is that poor and marginalized people are capable of analyzing their own realities and that they should be enabled to do so.The book provides examples from experiences, material with directions for use, as well as possibilities for innovation. It is rich in insight from actual practice in the field, and contains useful tips on the best practices which readers and practitioners will find extremely valuable.

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Author information

Somesh Kumar joined the Indian Administrative Service (lAS) in 1989. He is currently District Collector and Magistrate of Anantapur District in Andhra Pradesh. He has also served as Director of the PRA Division of ActionAid India (1996-2000) establishing Praxis-Institute for Participatory Practices, Patna and has contributed significantly to the repertoire of PRA methods and has written a number of publications.

Review quote

'Somesh Kumar has compiled this useful collection with the intention... of promoting "creativity, experimentation and growth". This is, then, a source of ideas and advice, not a set of marching orders.' Robert Chambers

Table of contents

Foreword by Robert Chambers; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Conceptual Specifications; 2. Space~related PRA Methods; 3. Time,related PRA Methods; 4. PRA Relation Methods; 5. Summary; 6 Myths about PRA; References; Index; About the Author