Deadline for Early Bird Discount
April 15 2014
TheWorkshop: The Annual International Commune on Participatory Development
'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 thematic workshops are an annual residential event that bring together development workers, policy makers and proactive individuals from across the world to learn, share and grow in the field of participatory development. It provides a theoretical understanding of participatory approaches/tools as well as the opportunity to apply them in the field.
In the past 17 year, the workshop has attracted more than 1400 participants from 47 countries. Among them are policy makers, development professionals from INGOs, NGOs and CBO’s students and proactive individuals.
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.
The Workshop is an annual residential event that brings together development workers, policy makers and proactive individuals from across the world to share information and experiences as well as keep themselves abreast of the latest in the field of participatory development.
In the 2014 edition, the commune will be held over eight 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.
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.