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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 Section A Title PRA in India: review and future directions

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 Section A Title PRA in India: review and future directions James Mascarenhas, Parmesh Shah, Sam Joseph, Ravi Jayakaran, John Devavaram, Vidya Ramachandran, Aloysius Fernandez, Robert Chambers and Jules Pretty In a short period of time an enormous wealth of experience has been built by field-based Methods and innovations participatory rural appraisals in India. At this workshop were participants who had been involved in or conducted 145 different field A common feature of all institutions making exercises (Table 1 and Figure 1). Every one of use of PRA has been the thorough testing of these has been unique. Each has confirmed the available methods, the adaptation for new uses, and the invention of new ones. Where utility of one method or another, or adapted attitudes of outsiders are right and rapport is one or another to meet new needs, or simply good, it has repeatedly been shown that produced innovations. This has produced great richness: "Every single PRA has been an villagers know a great deal, and this event. They have all been full with reality" knowledge itself helps to drive innovations. (Aloysius Fernandez). And this has been a Villagers themselves are often the main ...

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