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

Exploring the links between participation, sustainable natural resource management and improving livelihoods.

cover imageSeptember 2013

Edited by: Holly Ashley, Nicole Kenton, Angela Milligan

This 66th issue of Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) includes general articles on participatory approaches to development submitted by readers and explores the links between participation, sustainable natural resource management and improving livelihoods, including:

  • How a participatory three-dimensional modelling project in the Solomon Islands has generated multiple benefits, including ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change.
  • How a modified form of scoring, used within a livelihoods framework, revealed how famine was averted in Southern Africa.
  • How community-led action in India is improving animal health and work practices.
  • How digital mapping is helping to identify and plan around key natural resources with pastoralists in Kenya and Tanzania.
  • How a blend of PLA methods and ethnographic approaches proved invaluable in conducting HIV/AIDS research with fishing communities in Uganda.
  • How a former bonded-labour group in Nepal have campaigned to uphold their rights of access, use and control of community forests.
  • How an evaluation of a drought-rehabilitation project in Niger combined qualitative participatory and quantitative gendered budget analysis.

The issue also includes a selection of other articles, including how urban community groups in Chile have opposed two urban redevelopment projects; the use of participatory impact assessment tools to define, measure, monitor, review and analyse progress; and a discussion of ethical issues and standards for participatory work. There are also reflections from members of the international Resource Centres for Participatory Learning and Action (RCPLA) network, a foreword from IIED’s Camilla Toulmin and reflections from Robert Chambers of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).

The PLA series is 25 years old this year and at this milestone, IIED is taking stock to look at PLA’s legacy and future direction. After this issue, the series will be put on hold, pending the findings from an external evaluation.

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Contents

Foreword: Tools for supporting sustainable natural resource management and livelihoods
Camilla Toulmin

From rapid to reflective: 25 years of Participatory Learning and Action
Robert Chambers

Editorial: PLA 66 - Tools for supporting sustainable natural resource management and livelihoods
Holly Ashley, Nicole Kenton, Angela Milligan

The multifaceted impacts of participatory three-dimensional modelling (P3DM): experiences from the Solomon Islands
Antonella Piccolella with James Hardcastle and Jimmy Kereseka

Making the invisible visible: how was famine averted in southern Africa?
Christopher Elridge

Sustainable animal welfare: community-led action for improving care and livelihoods
Lisa van Dijk, SK Pradhan, Murad Ali, Ramesh Ranjan

Participatory digital map-making in arid areas of Kenya and Tanzania
Tom Rowley

Prejudice and participation: claiming rights to community forests in Nepal
Govinda Prasad Acharya, Pramod Jaiswal

Increasing women’s incomes, increasing peace: unexpected lessons from Niger
Jindra Cekan

Reflections on participatory HIV prevention research with fishing communities, Uganda
Peter Kayiira Byansi, Paul Bukuluki, Janet Seeley, Pontiano Kaleebu, Leslie Nielsen, Kidega William, Simon Sigirenda, Kalinda Jimmy, Rebecca Nabbosa, David Walugembe

Can we define ethical standards for participatory work?
John Rowley with Marilyn Doyle, Susie Hay, the Participatory Practitioners for Change (PPfC) members

Whose public spaces? Citizen participation in urban planning in Santiago, Chile
Viviana Fernández Prajoux

Tools for measuring change: self-assessment by communities
Bernward Causemann, Eberhard Gohl

In Touch
Nicole Kenton, Holly Ashley

RCPLA and PLA: two sides of the same coin
Tom Thomas

Beyond RCPLA
Lisa Van Dijk, Passinte Isaak

RCPLA network updates
RCPLA members

Resource Centres for Participatory Learning and Action (RCPLA) Network
RCPLA members

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