TheWorkshop2020 is being held ONLINE from 23rd to 30th November, 2020. 


About TheWorkshop

Praxis started the International Thematic PRA Training Workshop 22 years ago, in 1998. Since then, the annual workshops have brought together more than 1700 practitioners of participatory development from close to 50 countries across the world to learn and share their experiences, and be rejuvenated with the message of participation, inclusion and sustainable development. TheWorkshop has gone through many changes over the last 22 years, incorporating the needs of the times, the feedback from our alumni and the changes in development research - retaining its relevance at a time when 'participation' has become a token. Yet, it has not compromised on the elements that TheWorkshop has been known for - the class + field curriculum, practitioners as facilitators, collaborative pedagogy and a diverse participant pool. Every year the annual workshop brings together development practitioners from different countries and domains at one common platform and creates opportunities for shared learning.


About TheWorkshop2020

TheWorkshop2020 is being held ONLINE from 23rd to 30th November, 2020. This will be through six sessions of four hours each and a two day break over the weekend of 28th and 29th November.  This year’s online workshop with its participatory pedagogy will be run across six days through half-day sessions from 2pm-6pm IST (+5.5 GMT) with inputs on ABC of participation and several themes of focus, to be conducted through parallel modules. This is in addition to learning activities, webinars and more.   





Time (IST) 

Workshop Schedule 

23rd Nov, 2020


 2:00 pm-6:00 pm 

·      Inauguration of TheWorkshop2020  

·      Ice Breakers and ABC of participation by Robert Chambers 

24th Nov, 2020 

(Day 2) 

2:00 pm-6:00 pm  

·      Day 1 of parallel sessions with module facilitators  

25th Nov, 2020 

(Day 3) 

2:00 pm-6:00 pm  

·      Day 2 of parallel sessions with module facilitators 

26th Nov. 2020 

(Day 4) 

2:00 pm-6:00 pm  

·      Day 3 of parallel sessions with module facilitators 

27th Nov, 2020 

(Day 5) 

2:00 pm-6:00 pm  


·      Day 4 of parallel sessions with module facilitators 

There will be a two day break from sessions on 28th  & 29th during which panel discussions with community members and a cultural programme will be organised for the participants. 

28th Nov, 2020

3:00 pm- 5:00 pm 

An interactive round table panel discussion will be organised with panelists representing various marginalised groups, to provide participants an opportunity to interact with them to understand ground realities. 

29th Nov, 2020

5:00 pm- 7:00 pm 

A virtual Cultural Programme 

30th Nov, 2020 

(Day 6)

2:00 pm-6:00 pm  


·      Winding up of the thematic modules 

·      Share fair of learnings 

·      Closing ceremony 

·      Feedback from participants 



'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