Participation and social inclusion in research and development projects in rural areas

Published on 13 July 2011

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Start Date: 1 March 2011 | End Date: 28 February 2014

Overview

The purpose of the project is to improve the knowledge and capacity of different development organizations and the government to leverage projects and appropriate government policies oriented to effectively link farmers to markets with socially inclusive results.

Researchers will analyze the state of the art conceptual approaches to participation, intervention strategies and institutional arrangements that encourage or limit the development of market-led participatory methodologies, as well as the extent to which these have contributed to the social inclusion of smallholder farmers.

The project will also analyze and describe the role and the processes carried out by the support organizations (private and public) in each one of the selected cases to influence more socially inclusive results in development projects when applying market-led participatory methodologies.

Finally we will determine the successful factors, the obstacles, and lessons learnt in the application of the market-led participatory approaches used in the selected case studies and suggest strategies and methodologies that permit social inclusion of smallholder and marginalized actors (women and indigenous people) in Bolivia.

Donor: The McKnight Foundation

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