Workshop for people

TO DRIVE home the point that policies for poverty eradication and welfare of the poor should be evolved only after incorporating valuable inputs from the downtrodden, the Madurai-based Resource Centre for Participatory Development Studies is to host a "purposeful" workshop on `Participatory approaches and poverty alleviation', on its premises on August 30 and 31.

The reasons why ambitious and people-oriented schemes evolved by the Central and State Governments over the past few years have not reached the targeted sections and the imperative need for community mobilisation will be discussed. The workshop is to be organised in collaboration with the Society for People's Education and Economic Change, which specialises in participatory rural appraisal methodology to bring about grassroots participation, and the Institute of Developmental Studies, Sussex, UK.

The participants comprise working children from Sivakasi, and women and farmers from Tiruchuli in Virudhunagar district and NGOs from various parts of the State, besides IAS officers, including the Commissioner for Disciplinary Proceedings, Irai Anbu, and the Collector, B. Chandra Mohan. Sessions include presentations of experience by IAS officers, departmental heads, university teachers and NGOs.

Robert Chambers, a renowned authority on participatory approaches, will be the key facilitator. A PRA practitioner, he is the founder of the methodology. It will be a "constructive reflections workshop" wherein a serious stocktaking would be done and micro-realities would be fed into the policy processes, according to John Devavaram, Executive Secretary, RCPDS.

Know more of it by dialling 2642172.

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