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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 2 Sharing our limited experience for trainers: Participatory Rural Appraisal or Participatory Learning methods

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 2 Sharing our limited experience for trainers: Participatory Rural Appraisal or Participatory Learning methods Aloysius P Fernandez, James Mascarenhas and Vidya Ramachandran MYRADA was introduced to the PRA/PALM that underlie these. PALM complements and method in 1989 at a 5-day camp conducted for integrates well with this approach. the staff of its Microwatershed Project at The approaches and methods hitherto used to Gulbarga. This was followed by another assess rural situations, from planning to workshop at Talavadi Project where senior evaluation - which give sanctity to surveys and staff from all MYRADA projects participated. quantifiability in terms of figures - are being Since then the method has been used increasingly questioned, as `experts' begin to extensively in every area of MYRADA's realize that their findings are limited, biased, interaction with the people. Since this method and usually outdated by the time they are integrates well with MYRADA's overall compiled, processed and presented. approach, it took off faster than expected. During 1990-1991 the thrust of MYRADA's There is now a growing realization of the need PALM/PRA programme has been on rapid to understand and appreciate traditional exposure, fostering innovation, building up management systems of livelihood, ...

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