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PLA Notes 39: Popular Communications

Guest editors: Joanna Howard, Patta Scott-​Villiers

Journal, 78 pages

This issue includes articles on general topics, as well as a special theme section on popular communications. The general section of this issue includes:

A report on a tool developed by the Water Equity in the Lifescape and Landscape Study (WELLS) to asses water security in Southeast Asia.

An article highlighting key lessons from mapping exercises around the world.

An article exploring challenges of using GIS as a participatory tool, using a case study in community forest management in Nepal.

A paper on participatory 3-D Modelling (P3-DM), which merges Geographic Information System (GIS)-generated data and peoples' knowledge to produce a stand-alone relief model.

A paper on the Uganda Participatory Development Network (UPDNet), a loose network promoting the use of participatory development techniques.

The special theme section of this issue of PLA Notes examines how popular communications can be used to engage with local people and bring the views of those who are generally excluded to a broader arena for sharing and exchange. It illustrates how popular media can act as a powerful mechanism to bring policy makers and local people together and shows the potential of techniques (e.g. participatory video, theatre for development etc.) for community empowerment.Case studies range from the use of radio to discuss increasing fuel prices with stakeholders in Burundi, puppetry, art and music used to encourage women political candidates in India, the use of video technology to bring the people’s views to the Prime Minister in Cambodia and Theatre of the Oppressed work with Street Children of Brazil.

The Tips for trainers paper looks at pairing proverbs as a technique for finding partners.

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