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PLA Notes 37 February 2000 Editorial


Document begins: PLA Notes 37 February 2000 Editorial ! Theme issue Action' or `PLA' in a generic sense. Thus, we view it is an umbrella term under which the vast array of participatory approaches now Welcome to this, the first issue of PLA Notes being used throughout the world (e.g. of the new Millennium. IIED would like to Participatory Action Research (PAR), take this opportunity to wish all our readers a Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), healthy and prosperous Year 2000. Participatory Technology Development (PTD), Theatre for Development etc.) can be Since it was established in 1988, this series has encompassed. reported many trends and changes in social science research and development work. As However, as the Guest Editors of this Special the 20th Century came to a close, interest in Issue note in their overview (Cornwall and participatory approaches had grown from a fad Welbourn, this issue), the term `PLA' has to a phenomenon. We have also seen the been, and continues to be, interpreted spread of participatory approaches from the differently by practitioners in different places, South to the North, where increasingly, according to their own experience and projects are seeking to adopt a `bottom-up understanding. Some view PLA ...

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