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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 2 Participatory rural appraisal: a quick-and-dirty critique

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 2 Participatory rural appraisal: a quick-and-dirty critique Paul Richards Introduction The other day a colleague showed me what seemed a professionally competent research Others may have different historical accounts, proposal, rejected by the funding agency because it failed to include any discussion of but to my knowledge debates about PRA in the section on research methods. It Participatory Rural Appraisal and Rapid Rural seems that all research proposals with a rural Appraisal (henceforth PRA/RRA) began with a workshop on RRA (in which I was a development dimension now require explicit participant) organised in 1980 by Robert discussion of PRA to be acceptable to the Chambers at the Institute of Development agency concerned. Since the colleague was a Studies in Sussex. That workshop brought competent and experienced researcher, with a sound research design, it hardly required much together three distinct themes: ingenuity to package and re-label the social · research elements already within the proposal A populist concern to introduce a more as `PRA' and re-submit. What was striking `people-oriented' dimension to data about this episode, however, was that PRA gathering in rural development; now seems to have become some kind of `flag · of ...

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