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Frontiers in PRA and PLA   
Frontiers in PRA and PLA
PRA & PLA in Applied Research
Amitava Mukherjee
Hard-bound Book (6¼" x 9¼") :   Pages : 466
2009  Edition   :  ISBN - 978-81-7188-724-8
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Community participation or people's participation in the process of development has entered into development lexicon permanently in the past 50 years. New methods, tools and approaches (variously called as Participatory Learning and Action (PLA), Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) or its earlier incarnation Rapid Rural Appraisal) to enlist people's participation, have been invented, improvised and developed by development practitioners and academicians all over the world.

This book is an unique exercise in exploration and synthesis, demonstrating and documenting the experiments which have revealed that the participatory tools, methods and approaches can be very efficiently used in several fields of human exploration, including organisation and institutional development, action research (on the need to adopt an inter-sectoral approach to dealing with development issues, on hunger, participatory poverty assessment, bio-diversity conservation and conflict resolution over sharing of resources), macro-policy evaluation and democratic processes. Each chapter, dealing with these issues, describes both the process followed in the application of participatory tools and methods in the respective field and the synthesis of the theory of participation with practice as well. The book will be an invaluable guide to practitioners, researchers, academicians and students of development economics and poverty planning.



Dr. Amitava Mukherjee is currently the Senior Project Expert at the United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Bangkok. Prior to which he was the Head of the United Nations Asian and Pacific Centre for Agricultural Engineering and Machinery, Beijing, China and Regional Advisor on Poverty Reduction and Chief Technical Advisor on Public Private Partnership, at UNESCAP, Bangkok. He has advised governments and/or its agencies and non-governmental organisations in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Philippines, Pakistan, Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka and Central Asian countries (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) and South Caucasian countries (Armenia and Georgia). Earlier he had worked extensively at the ground level in India and China and in the horn of Africa.

He has over 30 years of direct development experience especially in eliminating poverty and hunger; sustainable agriculture; community based planning; participatory development. He has a large number of professional reports, articles/papers and has over 35 books to his credit. He was the Team Leader of the Inter-divisional Task Force of UNESCAP which produced the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in Asia and the Pacific, 2009, (Bangkok, United Nations) for the 65th Annual Commission Session of United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.




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Part I
Organisation and Institutional Development

1. Application of PLA Methods in Human Resources Development: Assessing Knowledge and Attitude Gap of Rural Development Administrators in India

2. Developing Mission, Vision and Values and Identity of a Development Organisation Through Participatory Learning and Action Methods

3. Training Needs Assessment Through Participatory Methods

4. Retreat of Ministers, Secretaries and Civil Society Actors on Capacity Building for Decentralised Administration

Part II
Action Research

5. Inter-Sectoral Strategy: Need or Fad? An Investigation through Participatory Methods

6. Micro-Level Hunger in Contemporary India: Perspectives of the Hungry

7. Participatory Poverty Assessment

8. Global Concerns: Loss in Biodiversity and its Impact on Agriculture Assessed Through Participatory Methods

9. Livelihoods, Eco-Tourism and Conflict in Sharing Natural Resources: The Case of Keoladeo Ghana National Park—An Analysis from the Stakeholders’ Perspectives

Part III
Policy Analysis

10. Voices of the Poor for Review of Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper for Armenia

11. The Voice of the People: Enhanced Citizen Participation in Electoral Processes Through Participatory Learning and Action in Armenia

12. A Note on Concluding Remarks and Brief Policy Conclusions

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