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How SEWA uses Exposure and Dialogue Programmes (EDPs) for internal capacity building (PLA 57)

Poonam Shroff

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Immersions can have a huge impact on individual people. While this impact can be powerful and highly intense, it remains limited to those directly involved and to their immediate professional and personal contacts. This section moves us on from the individual perspective to explore how a range of organisations are using immersions for different purposes. This is the third of four articles in this section on staff selection, training and orientation. POONAM SHROFF at SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association) writes about how the organisation uses Exposure and Dialogue Programmes (EDPs) for internal capacity building of its staff. As we saw in Section 1 (this issue) the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) has been a key player in the history of immersions. It has been hosting EDPs for the staff of other organisations since 1991, but in 1998 started organising them for its own internal purposes as well. SEWA regards EDPs as a reality check – a way of keeping the movement rooted in the lives of its women members, and of monitoring the impact of its work by assessing changes in those women's lives.

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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