Reflections and directions: a personal note (PLA 50)

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Published: October 2004
Participatory Learning and Action
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Participatory Learning and Action 50: Critical reflections, future directions

Robert Chambers, co-guest editor of this special issue of Participatory Learning and Action, presents a personal reflection on the development of participatory processes and their subsequent spread across the globe and across sectors. Practitioners have expanded their use from the arenas of community planning, agriculture and natural resource use to include `almost every major domain of social activity'. What lessons have been learnt in almost 20 years, of both good and bad practice? What new `frontiers' are yet to be explored?

This special anniversary issue of Participatory Learning and Action contains articles by previous guest-editors and authors from the last 20 years who were invited to revisit their contributions and provide an update on current thinking. The overview reflects on the overlapping themes and parallels in the lessons learnt and suggestions for ways forward.

Guest editors: Robert Chambers, Nicole Kenton and Holly Ashley

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