Does PRA make sense in democratic societies? (PLA 44)
Do Participatory Learning and Action methods, and in particular Participatory Rural Appraisals, work as an effective tool in industrialised countries where functioning democratic institutions are already operating? This is the question posed by the author in this paper as he draws on experiences from development projects in rural Germany.
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