PLA 63: How wide are the ripples? From local participation to international organisational learning
In this issue of Participatory Learning and Action various authors share their reflections and experiences of bringing grassroots knowledge and information from participatory processes to bear at an international level.
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Guest editors: Hannah Beardon, Kate Newman
Do you work with or in an international or northern office of an international non-governmental organisation (INGO)? Do you facilitate participatory processes at the grassroots? Have you ever wondered how wide an impact the process might have?
When a pebble is thrown in the water it creates ripples. But just as the ripples fade as they lose momentum, the strong local impact of good quality participatory grassroots processes also weakens as it gets further away from the original context. Yet the insight and analysis, evidence and stories generated and documented during participatory processes are just the kinds of information which are needed to inform good development policy and planning.
This issue examines the possibilities and challenges involved in sharing grassroots knowledge – as well as strategies for strengthening practice. It aims to inspire empowered activists working with international NGOs to be a conscious and active part of change: to bring about more accountable, equitable and participatory development.
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