Balancing Acts


  • Friday, January 22, 2010 - 15:11
    Facilitator: J. Francis, Centre for Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation, University of Venda Sessions Facilitated: a) Participation: the main ingredient for good development? b) Integrating HIV and food security Participants and the Facilitation Approach(es) Twenty-six people representing...
  • Monday, October 26, 2009 - 13:30
    Food security and nutrition are essential components of the package of services that people living with HIV need to access. How are we designing programmes to ensure that approaches to food security and HIV are mutually reinforcing and supportive of each other? What are some of the obstacles faced...
  • Monday, October 26, 2009 - 10:30
    Participatory methods and approaches are often lauded as the ‘gold standard’ of development work. But is this approach properly applied? Or is it used only to give validity to already designed processes and programmes? What is good participatory practice? What are some of the pitfalls...

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  • An interesting discussion we had around participation as a key ingriedient for good development, was that while we all see the significance of it to ensure sustainability of the intervention, we all find it difficult. It is time and resource intensive and to add to the load, we are often bound by...
    Monday, October 26, 2009 - 16:53


  • The session on Welfare vs Development took the format of a Participatory Activity called Active listening, where one writes down the points that stand out during project presentations. Thereafter common thoughts are collected and grouped together. I was particularly struck by the following cards in...
    Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 17:37


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