Choike: A Portal on Southern Civil Societies - Southern NGO Web Portal
"A directory of southern Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), grouped in five major thematic fields: the people, society, the environment, globalization and communication." Contains full text documents by CHOIKE and other organisations, links to websites on related themes, and reports on campaigns being conducted throughout the world. Also includes an NGO directory (using Advanced Search it is possible to search the web pages of the sites listed in this directory) and an In-depth reports section.
FAO participation website
Includes an online course on Participatory Project Formulation, details on how to subscribe to online Newsletter and Mailing list, a Library catalogue (which includes links to electronic versions of some documents), a database of field tools, accounts of lessons learned from participatory projects or programmes, searchable databases of links to other websites and other organisations, and a section on Sustainable Livelihoods and Food Security. Established by the FAO's Informal Working Group on Participatory Approaches and Methods to Support Sustainable Livelihoods and Food Security (IWG-PA). Also available in French, Spanish and Arabic.
"A non-profit charity active to reduce hunger and poverty by involving grassroots organizations". Based in India.
Participation, Power and Social Change Team at IDS
Research team at formerly known as the Participation Group. Site includes details of the group's publications, research, and news.
Participation resource centre and database at IDS
Index to 6000 documents and videos held at the Centre; "consists mainly of unpublished practical information and includes research reports, training manuals, workshop reports, critical reflections and newsletters from practitioners and networks". Incorporates the collection the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Abstracts provided. Documents are available in the Centre; links to online versions included where they exist.
PRAXIS India: Institute for Participatory Practices
Develops participatory methodologies, conducts research and training, and provides consultancy support. Indian based, but with an international reach. Site provides details of activities and text of several reports.
PRIA - International Centre for the Learning and Promotion of Participation and Democratic Governance
Conducts "development initiatives to positively impact the lives of poor, weak, marginalised and excluded sections of the society, by encouraging and enabling their participation in the processes of their governance" in India. Work conducted under themes, 'Reforming Governing Institutions' and 'Civil Society building'; current priorities are Gender, Social exclusion, Environment, Human rights. Site includes details of intervention strategies (by areas and theme and level - District, Area or National), publications and events.
World Bank - Participation and civic engagement
Arranged by the themes Social Accountability, Enabling Environment for Civic Engagement, Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, and Participation at the Project, Program & Policy Level. Sub-sections on each theme contain details of work within that theme and related readings (full text documents). Links to other web sites and resources; details of news and events. Produced by the Participation and Civic Engagement Group of the World Bank.
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