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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 14 A Participatory organisational appraisal of ACORD

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 14 A Participatory organisational appraisal of ACORD Mick Howes and Chris Roche Introduction but also as something which could feed into the strategic planning process upon which the ACORD (Agency for Co-operation and organisation was about to embark. We were Research in Development) is a consortium of therefore presented with a much more northern NGOs which seeks to facilitate the demanding task than we had originally emergence of strong, autonomous and envisaged but decided, with some trepidation, independent indigenous non-government to go ahead. structures which will improve the economic and social conditions of some of the poorest What follows is an account of how we people in Africa. It is currently running 29 proceeded and of the successes and difficulties programmes, located in a range of countries. which we encountered along the way. We The majority entail an extended period of hope this will be of value to others interested support, which in certain instances exceeds 10 in the use of PRA for the purposes of years. organisational assessment and planning. A small number of ACORD programmes The workshop started to experiment with PRA in 1990, and by 1992 it had become apparent that ...

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