Action and Research Open Web
This website has been online since 1995, providing open access to information about education research, projects and reports. Its initial focus on action research in health has broadened to include a range of resources related to the research interests of its participants. This website is managed by the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney.
Action Research International http://www.scu.edu.au/schools/gcm/ar/ari/arihome.html
A refereed online journal on action research is available at this website. A distinguished international editorial panel heads the journal. It is sponsored by the Southern Cross Institute of Action Research which is part of the Graduate College of Management at Southern Cross University, and by the Southern Cross University Press.
Capacity.org: A gateway for capacity development
Capacity.org is a web magazine-cum-portal intended for practitioners and policy makers who work in or on capacity development in international cooperation in the South. The site is accompanied by a printed journal and an email newsletter, which are published quarterly in English, French and Spanish. Each issue of Capacity.org focuses on a specific theme relevant to capacity development, with feature articles, reports on policy and practice, interviews and a guest column, and annotated links to related web resources, publications and events.
Eldis Participation Resource Guide http://www.eldis.org/participation/pme/index.htm
Increasing calls for accountability, efficiency and improved management performance have led to a more intense focus on the monitoring and evaluation stage of the project cycle, including feedback of results into the planning process. These
provide information on Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) which promotes the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders, employing methods that allow a more equal opportunity for the expression of views and sharing of lessons. The website addresses questions such as: How do organisations accurately determine whether they are progressing towards, or achieving their goals and objectives? And who should be making these judgments?
Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
The Participation Group is one of a number of teams working on key development issues at IDS, so this is a site within a site. The Participation Resource Centre link at the webpage provides access to a database of 6,000 documents and videos held at the centre at IDS which comprises the collections of the Participation Group at IDS and the International Institute for Environment and Development (see the next reference). The collection consists mainly of unpublished practical information and includes research reports, training manuals, workshop reports, critical reflections and newsletters from practitioners and networks. Abstracts of the documents can be searched on-line.
International Institute for Environment and Development
IIED acts as a catalyst; broker and facilitator that helps vulnerable groups find their voice and ensures that their interests are heard in decision-making. Environmental sustainability is a core concern of the institute. IIED provides expertise in achieving sustainable development at local, national, and global levels but not at the expense of people's livelihoods. IIED works towards a future that ends global poverty and ensures fair and sound management of the world's resources in alliance with partners. They aim to make real impact on policy and practice at local, national and global levels, combining a range of tools, skills and actions across a wide variety of activities.
Institute of Cultural Affairs
ICA, in the United Kingdom, is concerned with the human factor in world development - creating a humane and sustainable future for all through partnership and participation. ICA works nationally and internationally to enable individuals, organizations and communities to cooperate in bringing about positive change.
Learning and Teaching Participation http://www.ids.ac.uk/ids/particip/networks/learnparticip/
This website facilitates an international dialogue on teaching participation and participatory teaching and learning. It is a collaborative learning initiative, which examines the role of teaching as a force for understanding and for strengthening processes of civic engagement and democratic participation in development. The initiative is open to all those engaged in the design, delivery and evaluation of teaching and learning programmes in institutions of higher education which focus on participation and citizenship.
Participatory Development Forum
The forum is a leading international network of several hundred development practitioners, non-governmental organizations, academics, action researchers, private sector representatives, and policy makers interested in advancing reflection and practice in the area of participatory development.
Praxis is a not-for-profit, autonomous, development support organization set up by ActionAid India in 1997. It seeks to facilitate the promotion of participatory practices in human development initiatives in an integral manner. In the relatively short period since its inception, it has come to be recognized as an international resource agency at the forefront of participatory practices.
PRIA is an Indian civil society organisation, undertaking development initiatives to positively impact the lives and improve the quality of living of marginalised and excluded sections of the society. It works on themes of governance, people's participation, empowerment and local level development issues. It undertakes capacity building of stakeholders by organising training and educational programmes. The cornerstone of PRIA's work comprise participatory methodologies including participatory research, analysis, grassroots action and evaluation are. It works at district, state, national and global levels, and conducts research studies to enable it to undertake advocacy efforts. PRIA publishes a range of educational and academic publications for voluntary organisations, NGOs, students, teachers, academic institutions, government, and community groups.
PROmoting Local INNOVAtion
Prolinnova is a global programme for learning through action and analysis, focusing on the promotion of local people's innovation in ecologically oriented agriculture and natural resource management, and in particular the use of Participatory Technology Development (PTD). This website serves as an e-platform for exchanging information and experiences, and includes news and events, case studies on the use of PTD.
Sustainable Development Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
The Sustainable Development Department (SD) designs policies, strategies and methodologies to foster the active participation of rural people, both men and women, in agriculture and rural development through its work on improved participatory methods and tools. SD is helping build self-reliant groups and alliances among the rural poor. It also undertakes studies and assists countries in exploring and designing policies and strategies for achieving sustainable livelihoods. SD's programmes on gender and population provide capacity building and training, and help to increase policy-makers' awareness about gender issues. The programmes also address women's key roles in food production and food security, and analyse demographic links with environment and food security.
IAF – International Association for Facilitators
Facilitation is a profession rapidly taking its unique place within and alongside those of consulting and training. The International Association of Facilitators was formed by a group of professionals desiring an avenue for interchange, professional development, trend analysis and peer networking. A formal association was proposed and adopted at a networking conference in Alexandria , Virginia , in January, 1994. More than 70 people signed on as charter members. Since then, the IAF has grown to over 1,300 members in more than 20 countries.
The International Association of Facilitators encourages and supports the formation of local groups of facilitators to network and provide professional development opportunities for their members. Regional groups from around the world are invited to become affiliated with the IAF to help promote the profession of facilitation as a critical set of skills in the global society of the 21st Century.