Reflections on practical ethics for participatory community-based adaptation (PLA 60)

This article consists of extracts come from two articles previously published in Participatory Learning and Action. Both extracts contain the same key message: that good participatory practice needs to be based on a solid foundation of practical ethics which focus on empowerment. The first extract is from an article in PLA Notes 22, and details some key guiding principles for participatory development practice. The next extract is from an article on participatory ethics in PLA 54 Mapping for Change. As we move forward with community-based adaptation to climate change, these guiding principles provide a timely and relevant reflection on good practice for participatory development.

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Article in: PLA 60. Guest-edited by: Hannah Reid, Mozaharul Alam, Rachel Berger, Terry Cannon and Angela Milligan.

Keywords: CBA, climate change, adaptation, participation, DRR, disaster risk reduction.

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IIED code:
Dec 2009 - IIED 
Source pub:
Participatory Learning and Action 60: Community-based adaptation to climate 
Community-Based Adaptation, Climate change, Adaptation, Participation, Disaster risk reduction 
Journal article 
English - also in Arabic