PLA 62 - Wagging the dragon's tail: emerging practices in participatory poverty reduction in China
This special issue of Participatory Learning and Action reflects on the journey towards participatory approaches to poverty reduction in China, focusing on transformations at the interface between the government and rural communities.
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Guest editors: Johanna Pennarz, Song Haokun, Deng Weijie, Jianping Wang
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. 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.
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Also available in Chinese (traditional and modern)
Overview: Changing government-community interface in China
Johanna Pennarz, Arjan de Haan
Prologue: Reflections on participation in Southwest China in the early 2000s
Part I: Communities taking charge in China
How community farmers participated in project planning and implementation
How an ordinary farmer was elected as project leader
How farmers claimed their rights to supervise projects
Part II: Changing roles and relationships in China - the facilitator
Reflections from the Sanjiang Workshop
Facilitating community-level processes
The role of village facilitators
The role of the township facilitator
Adapting to the local context: lessons learnt from external facilitation
Part III: Management practices in China - towards fairer and more transparent resource allocation
From participation inside villages to competitive selection amongst villages
Participatory planning and poverty analysis in Guangxi
Different ways for implementation in different communities
Part IV: The China Watershed Management Project - a participatory approach to watershed management
Background and approach
Innovative, community-led practices
The perspective of the Ministry of Water Resources
Challenges and lessons learnt
Lu Caizhen and Johanna Pennarz
Improving the health of rural women through participation
Applying participatory teaching in big classes – experiences of a primary school teacher
Participation based on empowerment: the Chengdu Gay Care Organisation
Wang Jun, Wang Xiaodong, Yang Dou, Yu Fei, Lin Shu, Lin Xiaojie, Wen Yi, Yang Yu
Part VI: Scaling up – ways of institutionalising participation in China
Exploring community-driven development in Chinese poverty reduction
A participatory learning system in Guangxi
Huang Canbin, Zhou Qing
Adapting participatory methods to the government system: the Wenchuan Earthquake Rehabilitation Project
EIAs go public: creating new spaces for participation
Part VII: Conclusions - Changing spaces at the interface of government and citizens
PART VIII: Tips for Trainers
Why participatory research and how participatory?
Learning is more than training – experiences from PRCDP
Training in the Chinese context: tips and resources for trainers
Wang Jianping, Deng Weijie, Sun Dajiang and Johanna Pennarz