Participatory Learning and Action: archive

A journal for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike. This page contains the content of the journal series from 1988-2013. Individual articles and complete issues are available for free download.

Most issues of Participatory Learning and Action have a special theme section, as well as a selection of general articles and regular features. Special issues draw on the expertise of guest editors to provide detailed accounts of the development and use of participatory methods in specific fields.

All articles published in the series were peer-reviewed by an international editorial advisory board made up of a team of experienced participatory practitioners.

The PLA archive

PLA 66 - Tools for supporting sustainable natural resource management and livelihoods
September 2013

PLA 65 - Biodiversity and culture: exploring community protocols, rights and consent
June 2012

PLA 64 - Young citizens: youth and participatory governance in Africa
December 2011

PLA 63: How wide are the ripples? From local participation to international organisational learning
September 2011

PLA 62 - Wagging the dragon's tail: emerging practices in participatory poverty reduction in China
August 2011

PLA 61: Tales of shit: Community-Led Total Sanitation in Africa
November 2010

PLA 60: Community-based adaptation to climate change
December 2009

PLA 59: Change at hand: Web 2.0 for development
June 2009

PLA 58: Towards empowered participation: stories and reflections
June 2008

PLA 57: Immersions: learning about poverty face-to-face
December 2007

PLA 56: General issue
June 2007

PLA 55: Practical tools for community conservation in southern Africa
December 2006

PLA 54: Mapping for change: practice, technologies and communication
April 2006

PLA 53: Tools for influencing power and policy
December 2005

PLA 52: General Issue
August 2005

PLA 51: Civil society and poverty reduction
April 2005

PLA 50: Critical reflections, future directions
October 2004

PLA 49: Decentralisation and community-based planning
April 2004

PLA 48: Learning and teaching participation
December 2003

PLA 47: General Issue
August 2003

PLA 46: Participatory processes for policy change
February 2003

PLA 45: Community-based animal healthcare
October 2002

PLA 44: Local Government and Participation
June 2002

PLA 43: Advocacy and Citizen Participation
February 2002

PLA 42: Children's Participation - Evaluating Effectiveness
October 2001

PLA 41: General Issue
June 2001

PLA 40: Deliberative Democracy and Citizen Empowerment
February 2000

PLA 39: Participatory Communication
October 2000

PLA 38: Participatory Processes in the North
June 2000

PLA 37: Sexual and Reproductive Health
February 2000

PLA 36: General Issue
October 1999

PLA 35: Community Water Management
June 1999

PLA 34: Learning from Analysis
February 1999

RRA Notes 3: General Issue
December 1998

PLA 33: Understanding Market Opportunities
October 1998

RRA Notes 2: General Issue
October 1998

PLA 32: Participation, Literacy and Empowerment
June 1998

PLA 31: Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation
February 1998

PLA 30: Participation and Fishing Communities
October 1997

PLA 29: Performance and Participation
June 1997

PLA 28: Methodological Complementarity
February 1997

PLA 27: Participation, Policy and Institutionalisation
October 1996

PLA 26: General Issue
June 1996

PLA 25: Special Issue on Children's Participation
February 1996

PLA 24: Critical Reflections from Practice
October 1995

PLA 23: Participatory Approaches to HIV/AIDS Programmes
June 1995

PLA 22: General Issue
February 1995

RRA Notes 21: Participatory Tools and Methods in Urban Areas
November 1994

RRA Notes 20: Livestock
April 1994

RRA Notes 19: Training
February 1994

RRA Notes 18: General Issue
June 1993

RRA Notes 17: General Issue
March 1993

RRA Notes 16: Applications for Health
July 1992

RRA Notes 15: Applications of Wealth Ranking
May 1992

RRA Notes 14: General Issue
December 1991

RRA Notes 13: The proceedings of the Bangalore PRA Trainers Workshop
October 1991

RRA Notes 12: General Issue
July 1991

RRA Notes 11: Proceedings of a Local Level Adaptive Planning Workshop, London
May 1991

RRA Notes 10: General Issue
February 1991

RRA Notes 9: General Issue
August 1990

RRA Notes 8: General Issue
January 1990

RRA Notes 7: Proceedings of the RRA Review Workshop
September 1989

RRA Notes 6: General Issue
June 1989

RRA Notes 5: General Issue
May 1989

RRA Notes 4: General Issue
February 1989

RRA Notes 1: General Issue
June 1988

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