TheWorkshop: The Annual International Commune on Participatory Development
The Praxis thematic workshop is an annual residential commune that brings together development workers, policy makers and proactive individuals from across the world to learn, share and network. It provides a theoretical understanding of participatory approaches/tools as well as the opportunity to apply them in the field. TheWorkshop will be held from March 1-8, 2017 at USI, New Delhi.
Last dates for registration of international participants - December 15, 2016
Last dates for registration of Indian participants - January 31, 2017
In the past 19 years, the workshop has attracted more than 1450 participants from 47 countries. Among them are policy makers, development professionals from INGOs, NGOs and community based organisations students and proactive individuals working in thematic areas as varied as urban planning to rural health and from sanitation to governance.
Past modules have included Public Accountability, Community-Led Local Level Planning, Training of Trainers, Project Management, Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, Participatory Methods and Approaches and Participatory Poverty Assessment.
In 2017, the commune will be held over six days. Here the participants will be taken through sessions on Attitude and Behaviour Change (ABC) by Robert Chambers, followed by classroom sessions on participatory methods and the chosen thematic modules. The participants will then have the opportunity to interact with rural or urban communities in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for a practical application of theoretical inputs. Besides this, the workshop also gives participants the opportunity to share learning’s and insights with participants attending other thematic modules.
It will be followed by an extended reflection session to discuss contemporary challenges related to community participation, methods, techniques and approaches, especially in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.
There are five modules on offer this year. Click here for details.
'Praxis, which came out of the ActionAid India training unit, remains one of the largest proponents of PRA networking through their biannual (sic) PRA thematic workshops… These practitioners' networks, as I learned later, were a very important strategy for the spread of PRA and were also mechanisms for facilitating reflections and learning to ensure good practice of participatory methods. Robert (Chambers) was very passionate about them…'
Quoted from Networking: Building a Global Movement for PRA and other Participatory Methods by Samuel Musembi Musyoki in Revolutionizing Development: Reflections on the work of Robert Chambers (2011) ed. Andrea Cornwall and Ian Scoones.
'The Praxis case from India... emerges as a great example of a non-governmental organization investing in building the capacities of practitioners in CBR (community-based research). Workshops and need-based training programs are the channels which Praxis uses to build CBR capacities of researchers. The former is conducted annually and provides a theoretical understanding of participatory approaches, in addition to experiential learning opportunities.'
Quoted from Knowledge & Engagement: Building Capacity for the Next Generation of Community Based Researchers, a summarisation of a global study titled Building the Next Generation of Community-Based Researchers, funded by the Social Science and Human Research Council of Canada
'We're piloting one barangay (panchayat) today for the participatory evaluation. Our plan is to engage 700 to 1000 community people in all... I'm so happy that this is happening only four months after i attended the Praxis workshop and this will also feed into the phil (Phillippines) Red Cross community participation framework that I'm helping develop in the technical working group. Thanks!’
Sheila from Red Cross, Philippines, as shared on Social Media