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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 4 Shoulder tapping: a technique of training in Participatory Rural Appraisal

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 4 Shoulder tapping: a technique of training in Participatory Rural Appraisal Anil C Shah A group of District officers were taken on a The visiting officer, who wanted to advise was transect to see the problems of soil erosion and satisfied. But another jumped in, "You should the scope for watershed development. I told not collect earth." them in advance that a transect in PRA is for observation and to understand the knowledge "Sir, you are advising, what do you want to and perception of the farmers. We do not say?" I intervened in English. advise, we ask - but ask open questions without implied advice. I told them that this "Earth should be collected from the upward was very difficult for educated persons, more slope of a bund so that levelling process is so for those in authority. Therefore, when I speeded up", he explained. I asked on his found anyone giving advice or asking a behalf. "Why do you collect earth from both question with implicit advice, I would tap his sides for constructing a bund?" shoulder and if necessary offer my services for rendering the advice-query into an open ended Dudhabhai ...

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