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When organizing relief and development programs for a community, it is vital to accurately determine the needs of that community. Systematic assessments that are participation-driven are the best way to successfully determine those needs and subsequently design the program for development.

This course offers the skills needed by development professionals and managers to effectively conduct assessments in a community, ensuring that proper planning and implementation can be achieved.


This course will provide you with:

  • Known rural development biases
  • The difference between PRA and RRA
  • Adequate PRA principles and techniques
  • The skills to analyze participatory problems that may arise
  • The ability to plan participatory programs

Who Should Attend

Members of organizations working in relief and development will find the skills and understanding gained in this training Course indispensable. These members include team leaders, NGO directors, CEOs, enterprise owners, as well as, consultants and freelancers.


Day One

  • Principles of Community Assessment
  • Stakeholder management
  • Biases of rural development
  • Shortcoming (defects) of questionnaire methods
  • Comparison of PRA and RRA

Day Two

  • PRA principles and features
  • Three pillars of PRA
  • Methods and role reversals
  • Scope of PRA and types of PRA

Day Three

  • PRA Techniques
  • Maps and Models – Diagrams
  • Community Sketch Maps
  • Time related data analysis
  • Ranking and scoring

Day Four

  • Semi structured interviews (SSI)
  • Direct observation
  • Using secondary sources
  • Interview guides and checklist development

Day Five

  • Steps in participatory planning
  • Guidelines for Analyzing PRA findings
  • PRA are good for
  • PRA is not very useful for


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