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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 12 Quality circles and institutional culture: a proposal

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 12 Quality circles and institutional culture: a proposal Anand Kumar Organisational environment and communication, collegial authority and culture flexible roles and procedures. (ii) Institutions should create conditions that Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) is one of a encourage employees to be participatory in set of methodologies that emphasise the their work with each other, and not just participation of resource poor people in during `field visits'. developmental processes. PRA has gone a long way in changing conventional development These guidelines are good for small approaches towards more participative ones. It organisations and those which are starting offers a people-oriented approach to sustainable afresh. However, most development work in development that includes a well-defined and countries of the South is undertaken by the expanding set of methods, for use in achieving government or donor agencies. In these its objectives. These have altered the way most organisations there is less flexibility to build an development practitioners view the institutional culture that would foster PRA. The development process, and is reflected in the organisations are massive and have inherited increasing popularity of PRA and people - and imbibed their culture from the prevailing centred development processes. structure of ...

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