PLA 40: Deliberative Democracy and Citizen Empowerment
This edition of Participatory Learning and Action includes a themed section entitled Deliberative Democracy and Citizen Empowerment.
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Guest Editors: Michel Pimbert and Tom Wakeford
The special theme section in this issue focuses on how to engage ‘the public’ in policy formulation. Civil society is increasingly interested in ideas about good governance, deepening democracy and citizen empowerment. There is particular interest in how to bring the public or ‘lay’ perspectives into areas where traditionally they have had little or no involvement. This issue of PLA draws together some key thinking around public participation, using a range of techniques known as ‘Deliberative and Inclusionary Processes’ (DIPs), including mechanisms like citizen juries, citizen conferences and the like. The main experience with these processes has been in the North, although increasingly they are being adopted and adapted in the South.
This issue also contains general items about PLA and a tribute to Jimmy Mascarenhas, a PLA practitioner who did much to develop and spread PLA approaches.
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Editorial - Readership Survey
Petals and thorns: the dilemmas of PLA and debt bondage
Joanna Busza, Hom Em Xakha, Ly Saranda Da and Un Saron
Introducing PRA techniques in the learning of environmental education in Southern Peru
Sonia Gomez Garcia and Jose Pizarro Neyra
Lessons from malaria control activities in urban West Africa using a research-action-capacity building approach
G. Felber, N. Othingué, N. Yemadji and K. Wyss
In memorandum of Jimmy Mascarenhas
Deliberative democracy and citizen empowerment
Overview – deliberative democracy and citizen empowerment
Michel Pimbert and Tom Wakeford
Bridging the gap: citizenship, partnership and accountability
Andrea Cornwall and John Gaventa
Focus groups and public involvement in the new genetics
Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Anne Kerr and Steve Pavis
Farmer foresight: an experiment in South India
D. Satya Murty and Tom Wakeford
Scenario workshops and urban planning
Isa-Elisabeth Andersen and Birgit Jæger
The issue of framing and consensus conferences
Participatory environmental policy processes: experiences from North and South
Tim Holmes and Ian Scoones
Tips for Trainers: PRA/PLA training