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Overview: Changing government-community interface in China (PLA 62)

This overview to Participatory Learning and Action (PLA62) reflects on the journey towards participatory approaches in poverty reduction in China. Effective reduction of poverty depends on numerous factors, many of them external to projects, many happening over a longer period, and often difficult to capture. Participatory approaches typically imply a change in attitudes, behaviour and relationships; changes that may happen in the short-term, but often require more time to be translated into effective policies.

Enormous changes are taking place in China at various levels of governance, radically reshaping the social contract between the state and its citizens. The articles in this issue provide a unique set of views from the ground of these dramatic changes. Written by local practitioners, they are testimony to how the approaches, thinking and attitudes of officials and citizens regarding public policies are changing in China.

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