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Using immersions for programme development at Plan Bangladesh (PLA 57)

The four articles in Section 4, Part 2 on programme development and accountability illustrate different ways in which NGOs and donors are using immersions to strengthen the quality of the programmes they run and their accountability to those they serve.

This first article describes how Plan Bangladesh uses immersions throughout the project cycle – but most critically in the planning phase – to build relationships with the communities where it works. Regular 'home stays' deepen staff understanding of the environment in which they are intervening and reaffirm their commitment to participatory social change. In addition, all Plan staff – regardless of their role or level of responsibility – are encouraged to undergo an immersion as part of their induction and orientation.

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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