Modules


  

1. ADVOCACY, CAMPAIGN & NETWORKING AND ACCOUNTABILITY 
It aims at discussing relevant applications of participatory methods and approaches in planning and monitoring of civil society campaigns, processes of generating data for evidence-based advocacy and approaches to identify synergies, collective strengths and strategies for enhancing the potential of inter-agency networks. Read more

  

Advocacy is one of the powerful tools to address issues of poverty, vulnerability and marginalisation by influencing policies by forming coalitions and networks. Advocacy facilitates an action directed to change by putting a problem on the table, proposing solutions and generating support from various stakeholders towards realisation of the goal. Research is an integral part of advocacy that creates significant evidence base, which starts from identification of the issues, examination of all policy implications and options in relation to the issues, arriving on decisions on the preferred options, policy implementation and evaluation. Networking is the continuum of advocacy and campaign that consolidates all the efforts, experiences and learning and in turn supplements and sustains the process of gaining power by the communities. The element on accountability familiarises participants with a conceptual understanding of different pillars of good governance & accountability, available tools to measure and enforce it and provides hands-on experience in designing accountability frameworks.

 

The objective of this module is to introduce participants to advocacy, campaign & networking, identify skills required for the same and provide a hands-on experience in developing issue-based advocacy strategy which include accountability frameworks.

 

Recommended profile of participants

Field-staff involved in programme implementation, programme planners and managers from development agencies – governmental, non-governmental and corporate, freelance consultants and educators. 

  

2. CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
"Corporate social responsibility is the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large" World Business Council’s definition of Sustainable Development.
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Companies today want to be seen as good neighbours in the communities where they operate and from where they draw their productive resources, like employees and raw materials. In other words, they get the “licence to operate” from the community they invest in. Any investment by a company affects local communities favourably as well as adversely. A company may have created a gleaming, world-class factory or service operation but it may still be surrounded by abjection, illiteracy, illness, unemployment, and eventually anger. So, companies with a long-term vision cannot overlook the known fact that “islands of wealth cannot survive in a sea of poverty”. Profits per se are not an issue; how it is made is what matters. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a hard-edged business decision. CSR should not consist of a to-be-or-not-to-be rhetoric debate, but should be a company's informed policy.

 

This module aims to explore the principles, approaches and paradigms of CSR, discover the latest innovations developed by CSR practitioners worldwide, focus on participatory community development methodologies applied in specific CSR initiatives and provide hands-on learning opportunities through field work in community rural/urban settings.

 

Recommended profile of participants

Corporate professionals and development workers liaising with corporations will benefit from this module. No prior knowledge of PRA principles and techniques is required.

 

3. PARTICIPATORY METHODS AND APPROACHES
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.

 

4. PARTICIPATORY PLANNING, MONITORING & EVALUATION: FOCUS ON EQUITY AND SUSTAINABILITY 
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. Read more

  

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.

  

5. PARTICIPATORY GIS
Participatory explores how technology can be fused with community participation in development. Learn how GIS can be used to help communities demand their rights through a process of technologically aided data collection, analysis and use.
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This module will explore the basic features of GIS, the advances made so far and how these could be tapped to help communities to not just plan better, but also protect, safeguard and further their rights. The accent will be on co-creation of knowledge through participatory sourcing of data. Participants will get hands-on experience in using GIS software and apps. (More details soon)

 

 

 

(*The most subscribed modules will be run)