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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 3 Regaining knowledge: an appeal to abandon illusions

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 3 Regaining knowledge: an appeal to abandon illusions Joel Bolnick and Sheela Patel Introduction The training process and community development This article is extracted from a report1 outlining the experiences of a partnership between the The experience-based learning of the training People's Dialogue in South Africa and a group process has two separate but interrelated of three organisations in India: SPARC, the purposes. Firstly, it enables low-income people National Slum Dwellers Federation and Mahila to evolve their own understanding of their Milan, a federation of women's collectives. social and economic environment, not just on a micro-level but via exchange in regional and The People's Dialogue is a national network global arenas. Secondly, it equips the linking representatives from illegal and participants, impoverished residents of informal informal settlements which emerged from a settlements, with the ability to carry out and meeting of community leaders of 150 informal drive their own experiential learning settlements in 1991 (Bolnick, 1993). SPARC2 is programmes. Four particular benefits of the an NGO working broadly in the area of housing training process have been identified: and community development which has developed a close alliance with the National · It teaches communities ...

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