ISBN 9789966633071
Pages 148
Dimensions 254 x 178mm
Published 2021
Publisher Moran Publishers, Kenya
Format Paperback

Participatory Rural Appraisal Approaches

A Resource for Trainers and Practitioners

by Francis K. Lelo, Njeri Muhia, Joseph O. Ayieko

Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) is a developmental method that has enabled many development organizations overcome the challenge of understanding and identifying the scope of local needs in which they operate. It aims to incorporate the knowledge and opinions of rural people in identifying and evaluating their needs, and hence in the planning, management, final implementation and monitoring processes of development projects and programs. In effect, it has become a preferred tool by development agencies, especially non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and development professionals. The success of the method is, however, largely dependent on the tools and methods used as well as the organizers' commitment to the 'participatory' aspect of the practice.

Participatory Rural Appraisal Approaches: A Resource for Trainers and Practitioners is a handbook that has been developed from practical field experiences drawn from over 10,000 PRA trainers scattered throughout the world and operating under different environments. The content is further enhanced with case studies and has been updated from earlier editions to include current trends in the field of participatory and community-based development planning. It is hoped that the book will promote authentic participation of communities to ensure tangible, positive and sustained changes. It is, therefore, ideal for individuals, groups or institutions working with extension services, community-based organizations, governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and donor agencies.

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About the Authors

Francis K. Lelo

Francis K. Lelo holds a PhD degree from Clark University (USA) and is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Egerton University, Kenya.

Njeri Muhia

Njeri currently works as a researcher, lecturer and trainer in the Department of Economics, Egerton University, Kenya. She also serves as a lead trainer and consultant at the PRA programme of the University.

Joseph O. Ayieko

Joseph O. Ayieko worked at Egerton University for over 35 years and retired in 2013, but continues to consult widely in the fields of Participatory Planning and Wildlife-related issues.