Int’l Course on Participatory Methods in India, Spring 2014

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You’re invited to participate in a two-week program titled “People Based Development – Concept and Practice” is a unique experience in participatory development in India. It combines inputs in classroom with field visits involving direct interaction with villagers. This will be the seventeenth international course at the Manavodaya Institute that is known for its pioneering contribution to the self help movement in India.

The program is based on the following lessons learned at Manavodaya:

  • Participatory development is a process that builds on people’s own capacity and resources and it can be initiated by outsiders through deep dialogue.
  • The process of participatory development is feasible even among the very poor and illiterate.
  • A successful participatory development process requires a clear vision, strategy, and suitable values among facilitators of the process.
  • Participants from earlier programs have used the method among refugees in Norway as well as people with learning disabilities in the UK.

For more info about Manavodaya’s work you can find their website at, visit Manavodaya’s Facebook page,or check out their informative and inspiring video below:

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