During October and November of the present year, THP-Mexico facilitated Participatory Rural Appraisals (PRA) in five communities of Oaxaca. This was the first time that the organization applied this methodology in the field. As a result, the grassroots partners identified, in a participatory way, what is the actual state of their social, physical, human, financial, and natural capitals and recognized key opportunities to transform their situation. Every one of the five communities ended up with at least two project ideas in different subjects and well-structured documents of their Participatory Appraisals on their Sustainable Livelihoods. This represents the beginning of a long-term participatory monitoring and evaluation systems designed and managed by the people.
Another very important challenge that we faced is to really develop participatory M&E methods that contribute to the empowerment and capacity building of our grassroots partners. This, we consider, is vital for the long term self-reliant transformation of the communities that we partner with.
Carolyn Ramsdell has been involved with The Hunger Project since 2009 and was appointed Impact & Influence Program Officer in January 2011.
Carolyn holds a MA from SIT Graduate Institute in Sustainable Development with a concentration in Policy Analysis and Advocacy.