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Association of African Women for Research and Development

The Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD -Senegal) highlights the importance of women’s participation in politics and development.

There has been no space in Africa which has really encompassed women in politics, development and decision making. Women have been excluded in decision making process in many patriarchal societies. There is a need for creating awareness that women can (!), yes they can, and we should campaign for their inclusion in decision making processes and increased representation in Parliament.

Entry submitted by Perpetua Ng’ang’a

Farmer First Workshop at IDS

“In July 1987, some 50 social and natural scientists of roughly equal numbers met at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, UK, for a workshop on ‘Farmers and Agricultural Research: Complementary Methods’, later more generally known as the ‘Farmer First’ workshop. That workshop marked a key moment in the development of approaches to farmer participation in agricultural research and extension, drawing together experiences from a diverse range of individuals and organisations from both North and South. Read the full article »

Work within CGIAR using participatory approaches

Work within CGIAR system on technology development using participatory approaches, controversial though they were, gave empirical evidence of how participatory methods had been effective in influencing the priorities and content of research and extension programme.  Read the full article »

Methods of Participatory Appraisal

Debates about methods of Participatory Rural Appraisal and Rapid Rural Appraisal (henceforth PRA/RRA) may be marked as beginning at a workshop on RRA organised in 1980 by Robert Chambers at the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex.

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Sharing Traditional Technology Project UNU

This project, initially supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), later taken up by the United Nations University (UNU), tried to explore how formal science and technology and its associated institutions interact with farmers and other rural inhabitants who have innovated for centuries, albeit in a different way and without the same institutional mechanisms. The aim was to measure the input of formal scientists and to encourage real interaction between the scientists and rural communities.

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Participatory Approaches to Technology Development

Some of the earliest work on participatory approaches occurred in Bangladesh in an effort to learn from local development initiatives, according to Stephen Biggs, who worked for the Ford Foundation in Bangladesh.  Biggs described collaborative efforts by the Ministry of Rural Development, Chittagong and other universities, the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), the Association of Agricultural Voluntary Agencies, and others to survey and learn from unplanned local development efforts. 

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