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Participatory Rural Appraisal
Issues and Tools for Social Science Research in Inland Fisheries (2010)
  • Ganesh Chandra
Participation, empowerment and inclusion have become the new development buzzword. There has been a range of interpretations of the meaning of participation in development. Participatory development starts from the premise that it is important to identify and build upon strengths already present in communities. Perhaps the most widespread appearance of participation in mainstream development has been seen in the form of participatory methodologies of research, intended to gather a wide range of information from local people at their livelihoods, needs, and strengths, at the same time as 'empowering' them through a process of collaborative analysis and learning. PRA is a flexible, low cost and time saving set of approaches and methods used to enable workers to collect and analyze information in terms of past, present and future situations to understand the rural populace and the condition that exists in rural areas. Three common element found in a PRA approach are self aware responsibility, equity and empowerment and diversity. The sprit of inventiveness and improvisation (linked with optimal unprepared ness) which is the part of PRA is spreading, and helping people in different parts of the world to feel liberated and able to develop their own variety of approaches and methods.
  • Participation,
  • rural society,
  • PRA,
  • Community Development,
  • policy,
  • institution,
  • governance
Publication Date
April, 2010
P. K. Katiha, K. K. Vaas, A. P. Sharma, U. Bhaumik, & Ganesh Chandra
Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute
Citation Information
Ganesh Chandra. "Participatory Rural Appraisal" Barrackpore, Kolkata, India Bulletin #163Issues and Tools for Social Science Research in Inland Fisheries (2010)
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