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Participatory Learning and Action 62. Part III: Management practices in China - towards fairer and more transparent resource allocation

Guest edited by Johanna Pennarz, Song Haokun, Deng Weijie, Wang Jianping

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More than 20 years of poverty reduction in China have seen substantial successes. But there are also notable adjustments in government strategies in targeting the poor. The most significant shift was from area-based poverty reduction to people-centred approaches, with a gradual realisation that poverty can only be effectively addressed if the poor are actively involved.

The third part of Participatory Learning and Action 62 shows how practices of participatory poverty analysis (PPA) are leading to a contextualised understanding of poverty which puts the perspectives of the poor at the centre. Written by local government officials and facilitators, the articles focus on some of these innovative practices. The first article looks at the transparent allocation of funding through a competitive process. The second article describes the practice of PPA, which enabled the community to identify those most in need of support and to decide on their priorities. The third article looks at how the local government handled the contentious issue of labour contributions by using a participatory approach.

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