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A portrait of the Exposure and Dialogue Programme Association (PLA 57)

Jörg Hilgers

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The articles in this first section of PLA 57 begin with the story of how immersions have evolved. Here, JÖRG HILGERS explains the methodology of the Exposure and Dialogue Programme (EDP) Association in Germany, which has had a fruitful partnership with a range of organisations in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. This article describes the methodology used in immersion programmes organised by the Exposure and Dialogue Programme Association in Germany. Working in partnership with local organisations, the Association brings influential decision makers into personal contact with poor and marginalised people, and the realities of their daily lives. Each programme has a theme focusing on specific dimensions of poverty and avenues for its reduction. Where possible, both non-national and national policy makers participate in the programmes. After describing the development and implementation of EDPs, the author discusses the learning experiences of participants and host families. He concludes by noting that a key challenge for the Association is to measure the personal and institutional impacts of immersions/EDPs in a systematic and scientific – this remains a key outstanding challenge for the EDP Association. A good complement to this article is the final piece in Section 4, written by Karl Osner, who pioneered the EDP approach. Guest editors: Izzy Birch, Raffaella Catani with Robert Chambers.

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