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Participatory Rural Appraisal

Participatory Rural Appraisal
Principles, Methods and Application

First Edition

June 2018 | 388 pages | SAGE India
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.
Evolution of Participatory Rural Appraisal
The Concept and Principles of Participatory Rural Appraisal
Participatory Mapping
Participatory Modelling
Mobility Map
Venn Diagram or Chappati Diagram
Flow Diagrams
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

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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