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Wagging the dragon's tail: emerging practices in participatory poverty reduction in China (PLA 62 Chinese version)

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

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How has China used participatory approaches to address poverty reduction? This Chinese translation of Participatory Learning and Action (PLA 62) reflects on the emerging practices in participatory poverty reduction, focusing in particular on the transformation at the interface between government and rural communities in China.

The issue discusses why and how participatory approaches have been introduced, and why these approaches are useful for addressing issues of poverty in China. The articles show how development and poverty approaches continue to evolve in the specific Chinese political context and its ongoing governance changes, and in line with China’s unique ability to experiment with and pilot new approaches, pragmatically using international experience. The discussion is relevant and important for the global audience that is trying to understand China’s unique approach to development and its implication for global poverty reduction, but it is also relevant to understand how and under what conditions participatory approaches become embedded in specific contexts.

This issue draws on case studies from internationally funded projects, including the Poor Rural Communities Development Project (PRCDP). It also includes other articles on participation in China, as well as relevant resources and tips for trainers.

We are grateful to the guest editors and to Zhiyan Ma for the Chinese translation.

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