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The impact of Exposure and Dialogue Programmes (EDPs) on German parliamentary work and decisions (PLA 57)

Ruth Möller

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The articles in this final section of PLA 57 look at some of the ways in which immersions are starting to influence policy and institutional direction. This article describes the impact of Exposure and Dialogue Programmes (EDPs) on the work of the German parliament over the last 20 years. Ruth Möller describes how she and her colleagues have more recently been lobbying to institutionalise this practice within the parliamentary system and discusses the essential infrastructure needed to realise its benefits.

This third article is based on extracts from the report of the International Workshop on the Promotion of Participatory Development Processes in the Fight Against Poverty and Exclusion. The author, Ruth Möller, is Senior Development Policy Officer with the Social Democrat Group in the German Federal Parliament. She presents an account of the history of German MPs' participation in EDPs since 1985. She then discusses the impact of an EDP in which a whole parliamentary working group, the Study Commission on Globalisation of the World Economy, took part. Although both the President of Parliament and this parliamentary working group now recommend EDPs, the author acknowledges that there is still a long way to go before EDPs are fully institutionalised in the German Parliament.

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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