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The RCPLA members have developed a series of case studies documenting the impact of using the participatory approach. The insights derived from these case studies have greatly increased our understanding as to how the participatory approach was useful to realize the projectís goals and objectives. It also highlights the level of practicing participation that differs significantly amongst the RCPLA participating institutions.

These case studies serve as a tool for generating testable hypotheses about the change that occurred in attitudes or behavior among parties involved in the project due to the use of the participatory approach. The series of RCPLA case studies include cases from Nigeria, Kenya, China, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Philippines and Bangladesh.


  • The Economic Impact of Rabbit Production in Abia State South Eastern Nigeria
  • While human population growth in the developed countries is stabilizing, populations are still increasing rapidly in virtually all developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Most of the world's population is fed by the output of small farms in developing countries. These farms continue to get smaller will, as serve as the primary source of food for the millions of people in developing countries. To maximize food production in developing countries, all reasonable options must be considered and evaluated. Among these is the use of livestock species, which for one reason or another have not played a major role in animal agriculture in the developing countries.

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  • Working with the Community, Identifying the awarded scholarships
  • In remote rural areas of Sri Lanka, where poverty is fairly high due to unstable income sources dependent on agriculture and poor transport and communication services, the tendency for children to drop out of school is evident. It was in this context that the Sri Henepola Gunaratana Scholarship Trust was established to offer scholarships for deserving children from poor families to pursue education throughout school and university.

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  • Harnessing Participatory Development to Communication and Knowledge Management
  • Participation is about people taking part in something. In development work, people use participation to denote involvement, ownership and power-sharing, creating synergies from working together for mutual benefit. The principles of participation include involvement, building on what is there, uniqueness of each situation, attitude, using each opportunity to learn, observation, initiative, gender and diversity, communication and dialogue.

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  • Participatory Research as an Effective Tool for Advocacy of Elderly Issue in Nepal
  • Nepal, though experiencing ageing of its population, had neither a reliable database nor any documentation to reflect issues, problems, needs and expectations of elderly people from the state. The state and civil society were aware of the ageing of their population. However, all initiatives taken by government as well as civil society were not pragmatic...

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  • Institutionalization of Agriculture Knowledge Management System for Rural Farming Community
  • This project uses a participatory approach to establish crop insurance through a process of community driven management with participation of different on-farm & off-farm agri-stakeholders to ensure qualitative and quantitative input supply, technology & marketing security...

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  • Manipulating Citizens' Voice and Choice: The Case of Failed Political Institutions in Kenya
  • This case study illustrates how repressive, regressive and irresponsive institutions thwart efforts for enhancing and actualizing participatory democracy in the context of the policy and advocacy work of the Participatory Methodologies Forum of Kenya (PAMFORK). Three rhetorical questions are used in this analysis: is participatory democracy about listening and acting on citizensí voices and choices?..

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  • The Power of Participatory Development: Enhancing Youth Employability through ICT Skills Training
  • Fantsuam Foundation recognizes that ICTs have become a critical resource for effective development. Of the various enabling factors of ICTs, infrastructure, content and access are important determinants. As pioneers of an integrated rural participatory development approach in Nigeria, Fantsuam has established Nigeriaís first rural community wireless network, ZittNet...

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  • Learning with communities: An experience of poor community women monitoring all the anti-poverty programs of their municipality
  • The Cochin Urban Poverty Reduction Project (CUPRP), undertaken by the Cochin Urban Poverty Alleviation Department (UPAD) and supported by Department for International Development India (DFID India), is a refinement of the earlier slum improvement projects in India...

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  • Fostering citizen participation in urban communities in China: starting from scratch
  • Chinaís reform process has entered a crucial period. Three decades of rapid economic development have not only brought about spectacular material progress but also led to increasing inequalities and a rise in the number of social conflicts.

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  • Propagating Bamboo as One of the Major Solutions in to Impeding Climate Change
  • In the Philippine creation myth story, a pole of bamboo tree was used as Godís instrument in creating man and woman. Both man and woman were created inside of a bamboo pole, which was spliced by a Philippine bird. Afterwards, man and woman were given life...

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  • The Khageri Irrigation Project
  • The Khageri Irrigation Project was launched in 1969 under the initiative of His Majestyís Government of Nepal (now the Government of Nepal). This irrigation project was initiated by the Government because, at that time, periodic monitoring, management and repair works were the responsibility of the Government...

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