Bridging Diversity: Participatory Learning for Responsive Development
Today, one of the central tenets of development is the necessity for learning about and building upon stakeholders' and beneficiaries' insights, needs, culture, social organization, resources and active participation. Bridging Diversity clarifies the myriad approaches to social research being used in the World Bank today. The focus is on participatory research as presently practiced and as a potential for forms of research which are not now particularly participatory. It makes a number of recommendations to enhance the utility of social research in and outside of the Bank.
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Page 5 - As I sat and listened, I learned the answers to questions that I would not even have had the sense to ask if I had been getting my information solely on an interviewing basis.
Page 3 - on watching people in their own territory and interacting with them in their own language, on their own terms
Page 39 - Link the energy of this core directly to any change agenda and changes never thought possible are suddenly and democratically mobilized
Page 34 - relevant analytic knowledge of these effects and of the borrower's systems for reducing adverse effects and enhancing positive effects associated with the specific policies being supported.
Page 39 - instead of negation, criticism, and spiraling diagnosis, there is discovery, dream, and design...
Page 100 - How can we be confident about the "truth" of the findings? (internal validity) • Can we apply these findings to other contexts or
Page 100 - been determined by the subjects and context of the inquiry, rather than the biases, motivations, and perspectives of the investigators?
Page 28 - the cases. The team concluded that despite previously expressed concerns, little visible progress has been made in integrating Social Assessments in Bank projects. Although the review disclosed a number of outstanding cases in which good Social Assessment had a