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The World Bank's Village Immersion Programme in South Asia (PLA 57)

PRAFUL PATEL, Vice-President for the South Asia region, and some of his colleagues then discuss the experience of the programme in South Asia, where it is known as the Village Immersion Programme (VIP). This article describes the experiential learning programmes developed by the World Bank in South Asia. These programmes provide a 'reality check' for World Bank staff and staff from other organisations, including government officials. They also enable participants to understand the impact of policies at local level. World Bank staff in the South Asia Region are now using immersion programmes to monitor the impact of World Bank projects, and the region is planning a further series of immersion programmes for new managers and other staff. This article could usefully be read alongside that by QAZI AZMAT ISA in Section 4 (also PLA 57), in which the author explains how he and his team use immersions to monitor the impact of the World Bank-funded Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund.

Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board.

Guest editors: Izzy Birch, Raffaella Catani with Robert Chambers.

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