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Personal reflection on Funsi immersion: ActionAid Ghana (PLA 57)

Taaka Awori

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The articles in Section 3 of PLA 57 are a collection of individual testimonies written by some of those who have taken part in immersions. The author of this reflection was the Country Director of ActionAid Ghana at the time of her immersion in Funsi, Ghana. She vividly conveys the power of experiential learning, particularly in challenging the underlying values and approaches of development practice. She also reflects on some of the issues that may face a person taking part in an immersion in their home country, or the country where they work.

By their very nature these are highly personal and subjective accounts. The authors record what mattered to them at the time. The act of writing is part of the process of reflection, which is so central to every immersion. The tone of the pieces and the choice of language reflect the intensity of the experience. All of them illustrate the power of face-to-face dialogue and the potential of immersions to challenge deeply held beliefs.

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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