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The Concept and Principles of Participatory Rural Appraisal
The concept and principles of participatory rural appraisal
Introduction

Participatory rural appraisal (PRA) emerged as a participatory tool of learning in the late 1980s. It is a continuum of rapid rural appraisal (RRA) and other field-based and people-oriented participatory approaches. Emerging primarily as an appraisal method, PRA has subsequently been applied in several activities of a project cycle, including planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. As a development tool, it cannot just stop with committing the people in appraising and analysing their problems, conditions and situations. Rather, it must go beyond that and extend into analysis, planning and action. Consequently, the concept of PRA has undergone several changes over a period of time. Even ...

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