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Participatory Rural Appraisal
Principles, Methods and Application

First Edition

October 2009 | 388 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) methods, now known as Participatory Learning and Action (PLA), have been extensively used in development research, action and evaluation. This book is based on the author’s decade-long intensive field experience—each method is explained by drawing on field-based illustrations. The book vividly describes the methods of PRA, highlighting the essential features as well as the application, merits and limitations of each method.

Participatory Rural Appraisal: Principles, Methods and Application outlines the application of PRA methodology in areas like participatory poverty assessment, sustainable livelihood analysis, assessment of hunger, vulnerability analysis, organizational analysis, monitoring and evaluation. Separate sections on SWOT analysis and on the method of interview and dialogue are also included in the book. Besides, the author has provided guidelines for sector-wise application of PRA, which would serve as a ready reference for students and practitioners alike. A chapter on the roles of members of a PRA team is another key feature of this book, which would be immensely valuable for students, researchers and academicians working in the areas of social work, rural development, agriculture, and environmental science, and also for NGO workers and trainers and researchers in the development field.

 
Preface
 
Evolution of Participatory Rural Appraisal
 
The Concept and Principles of Participatory Rural Appraisal
 
Participatory Mapping
 
Participatory Modelling
 
Transects
 
Mobility Map
 
Venn Diagram or Chappati Diagram
 
Flow Diagrams
 
Timeline
 
Trend Analysis
 
Seasonal Calendar
 
Daily Schedule
 
Wealth or Well-being Ranking
 
Pair-wise Ranking
 
Matrix Ranking and Scoring
 
Force Field Analysis
 
SWOT Analysis
 
Pie Diagram
 
Body Mapping
 
Interviewing and Dialogue
 
Members of PRA Team: Roles and Responsibilities
 
Appliciation of PRA Methodology : A Few Illustrations
 
Bibliography
 
Index

The best part of this book is its liberal use of tables and illustrations (maps and diagrams), which were developed in the field during application of these tools. And, perhaps, this is what makes it stand apart in comparison to other books. This book would be of immense value to students and scholars working on issues related to rural development. It will also be useful to all those who work with rural communities and especially those who are engaged in training rural development practitioners.

Current Science

The book is an invaluable tool for people involved in rural development.

Civil Society

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