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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 5 Beyond the good discussion: the issues matrix for analysing intra-communal difference in PRAP

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 5 Beyond the good discussion: the issues matrix for analysing intra-communal difference in PRAP Grace Mukasa and Geoffrey Mugisha Introduction difference. By October 1997, we had used it in 14 of Uganda's 45 districts, in 30 villages and Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) has the had trained up to 500 Ugandans2 from potential to facilitate a learning process in community organisations, local community which power relations can shift not only leaders, NGOs and government staff in its use. between external development workers and local people, but also between local powerful The article explores how we use it in the people and marginalised groups. But what kind facilitation of independent discussions of of `participation' is needed for this to occur? different gender and age groups, in order to `Participation' describes, justifies, sells, and arrive at communal conclusions. Using promotes what we do, how we do it, and with examples from different communities, it whom. A magic tool for its supporters, it is highlights the process of developing an Issues seen as an abdication of responsibility by the Matrix, showing its use as an analytical, critics, and even manipulation by others who planning and monitoring tool, and ...

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