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Participatory Rural Appraisal: A Tool for Inclusive Growth and Participatory Development A Case Study of Village Marale, MS, INDIA

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Social Work, Shivaji University Kolhapur, Maharashtra, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 3, Issue (3), Pages 48-50, March,14 (2014)


PRA is defined as a growing family of approaches and methods to enable local people to share, enhance, and analyze their knowledge of life and conditions, to plan, and to act. The purpose of this paper is to provide practitioners with application-oriented information on how PRA tools were utilized to help communities take ownership through group analysis, planning, and action, with the added benefit of improving cooperative efforts between outsiders and insiders. PRA technique like mappings, group meetings, village assembly, problem priority chart and people initiated action plan, seasonal calendars, trend and change analysis, survey and transect walk were applied in the said village. In this present study, 15 student social workers with one fieldwork supervisor conducted the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) camp of 10 day (3days training and 7 days camp) in the said village. After this PRA the student social workers were again placed in the same village to take follow up of planned task. This study also attempts to share with the participants about the significance of PRA in participatory rural development.


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