Modules (The most subscribed modules will be run)


The aim of the module is to go beyond a mechanical understanding of participation. Not just learn the basic skills and tools of participatory research, but take the next step and change the way development is perceived.
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Development, progress and wellbeing have no meaning – neither are they sustainable – until they are shared by all. But what does it concretely mean and how can such a process be ensured? For us, in Praxis, participation in development means something more than a mechanical process realised through the application of a set of tools. It is a complex process that requires adequate facilitation skills, attitudes and readiness to change oneself and the surrounding power structures.


This module will introduce participants to the fundamentals of participation and its role in the development sector, enumeration or participatory numbers and collective analyses of the facilitation skills and attitudes which are required to enable a participatory process. The module will also include with the various tools and methodologies which currently fall within the large definition of PRA/PLA. The module will be experiential; hence participants will have plenty of opportunities to practise their day-to-day learning.


Recommended profile of participants

This module is intended for development professionals, activists, PRA/PLA beginners, researchers.


Participatory monitoring and evaluation (PME) is not an end in itself, but a way forward. Learn how to help a stakeholder not only get feedback on a process, but also play a decisive and inclusive role in achieving a larger outcome.
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In recent years, it has become more and more evident that meaningfully monitoring and evaluating a project is as critical as planning and implementing it. A significant shift has also occurred in terms of M&E objectives, moving from a sterile “result-oriented” evaluation exercise to an empowering opportunity to learn and do better. Now, the next challenge is to understand who the key players are in this process and ensure their inclusion. In other words, as Robert Chambers and other practitioners already questioned, “whose reality counts?” And further, “who count reality?”


The objective of this module is to explore and discuss effective ways of enabling communities and primary stakeholders of any development process to have a decisive influence over the objectives, processes, policies and outcomes of transformations aspired by them. Here the discussions would be aided by presentations of relevant case studies and experiences along with sessions on suitable participatory methods, e.g. social audits, citizen jury processes and large-scale PME systems. The field work will also focus on the use of social equity auditing tools along with other generic participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation tools. 


Recommended profile of participants

This module is recommended for all professionals who aspire to acquire/improve their knowledge and skills in the field of PME. Special emphasis is put on the participatory approach, hence being familiar with PRA/PLA principles and techniques may be an advantage.


Participatory action research is a community-led process of continuous collection of data, analysis of evidence and taking action based on this, which opens the space for further data collection and keeps this cycle going.
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The three words, participation, action and research have their own origins and significance. Combining all three elements into a process in real terms creates a programme that makes itself accountable to the community it seeks to serve. It establishes the principle of collective learning by doing and entrenching the praxis of development well within the community. Having evolved for over a decade now, it has created its own theoretical premise and come up with a number of operational challenges that provide the opportunity to innovate and customise according to local needs.


This module talks about key principles, examples of operational challenges, evolving of tools and instruments to facilitate participation action research. It will have a component of hands-on experience of using the tools with community groups to make the process of communities creating, owning and using the data a self-sustaining one over a period of time.


Recommended profile of participants

This module is intended for development professionals, activists, PRA/PLA practitioners, researchers.



4. Mainstreaming Communities in Business Practices
The growing reach and impact of business enterprises have given rise to a debate about the roles and responsibilities of such actors with regard to human rights, and has led to prioritising the issue of business and human rights on the UN agenda.
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In 2011, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) became an acceptable global standard for assessing the status of the adoption of human rights by businesses and the State’s role in ensuring protection to citizen vis-à-vis human rights violations by the business. The big picture concern is that the UNGP vision of integration of human rights into business policies, systems and practices is far from being realised nationally as well as globally. Assessment of Business Responsibility Reporting, related disclosures and documentation of violations in public has indicated, many businesses appear either unaware about human rights or unwilling to take up this cause. On the other hand there are Civil Society Organisations that require enhanced knowledge on Business and Human Rights to ensure their active engagement ensuring accountability. Thus there is a need for making opportunities available for those in business as well as in the Civil Society space, to be better equipped to understand and integrate human rights concerns into business policies and strategies as well as create a cadre that ensures an accountable relationship involving state, businesses and civil society organisations.

The module would include:

a) Understanding of human rights and why it is relevant

b) Understanding of the responsibilities of business for human rights, and the human rights risks faced by businesses

c) Understanding how to view issues in core business from a rights-based perspective

d) Understanding community and business interface and mapping underlying principles of Human Rights

e) Understanding how businesses need to fulfill their responsibilities for human rights, and their human rights risks

f) Understanding a rights based perspective of supply chain.

Recommended Profile of Participants
Development Professionals,CSR and Sustainability Professionals, Academicians,Social Compliance Auditors,CSO, Activist, Social Researchers,HR Professionals and Management Associations.