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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 6 Delta and village level planning in Sierra Leone: Possibilities and pitfalls

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 6 Delta and village level planning in Sierra Leone: Possibilities and pitfalls Melissa Leach In Sierra Leone, local level adaptive planning DELTA (Development Education and approaches are under current debate and early Leadership Training for Action) was application amongst both small NGOs and introduced to Sierra Leone in 1983 from church organisations, and large-scale Nigeria. The approach combines integrated rural development projects. `conscientisation' ideas derived from Paulo Attention is focused on the DELTA/'Training Freire with US-derived management training for Transformation' approaches first principles and originally - biblical messages. developed in Kenya. These have much in Teams of 5-8 people from NGOs, church common with other RRA/PRA approaches, organisations and local communities undergo but place particular emphasis on confronting training through a series of four workshops, and working through local conflicts of interest. spaced at six-month intervals, through which They offer exciting possibilities but also pose they are intended to develop communication challenges to institutional and socio-political skills and radical critical awareness of local sustainability. and national conditions. They are expected, in turn, to train further groups. DELTA trainees Conventional planning approaches to then undertake `listening surveys' to determine integrated rural development in Sierra Leone ...

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