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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 1 Sharing experiences of participation in Latin America: a workshop report

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 1 Sharing experiences of participation in Latin America: a workshop report Costanza de Toma Introduction meaning of popular participation there with the work of Paulo Freire (popular education) and The first regional meeting on participatory Orlando Fals Borda (participatory action development to be held in Latin America took research) being very important. The influence place in Mexico, in August 19951. For the first of PRA is much more recent. time, over 100 practitioners met to exchange Discussions were had about the wave of experiences and discuss future strategies. Most democratisation that is occurring in the region countries in Latin America were represented and the meeting revealed for the first time the and which is encouraging the full extent of the spread of participatory institutionalisation of participation. For methodologies in the region. example, in Bolivia there is a Law of Popular Participation that encourages the use of participatory methodologies in development The aim of the meeting was to identify common and because of this grassroots actions are problems, issues and interests, foster greater co- supported, with NGOs playing a vital role. ordination between the different institutions and set up a regional network for furthering the ...

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