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Title:Participatory Learning and Action: Challenges for South Africa
Authors:Truurnicht, Stephan
Botha, Neels
Year:1999
Periodical:Africanus
Volume:29
Issue:1
Pages:59-74
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:development
popular participation
Development and Technology
Education and Oral Traditions
Link:http://www.unisa.ac.za/contents/publications/docs/afric291.pdf
Abstract:For close to two decades participatory learning and action (PLA), more popularly known as participatory rural appraisal (PRA), has made a substantial impact on the development debate in various parts of the Third World. However, for various reasons, this grassroots practice theory has had little impact on the development debate in South Africa. South Africa's new political dispensation has brought in its wake high expectations regarding redistribution and service delivery. The PLA framework, by contrast, emphasizes issues such as maximum devolution of power, self-reliance, and optimal use of all local resources. It also emphasizes the use of local knowledge. The overall PLA sentiment is not so much one of redistribution as one of self-reliance. The authors, who are convinced that PLA has much to offer in the South African context, reflect on the challenge for South Africa to put PLA into the mainstream and to impact meaningfully on the development debate. Bibliogr.
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