NGOs and Participatory Development in India

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  • Author :P.V. Baiju
  • Year of Publication :2015
  • ISBN: :9789351251354
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XIV, 134
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Community Development, Developmental Studies, Economics, NGOs, Participatory Development, Rural Development, Social Work, Sociology, Sustainable Development

About the Book :

The book unravels the concept of participation and its ramifications in theoretical and applied contexts. It mulls over the manifold interpretations of participation, types of participation, history of participatory practices and refers to examples of participatory development in different parts of the world. Later it leads to concise understanding of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), its evolution, philosophy, principles, tools and its application at variety of contexts around the globe. Further, it explains how the NGOs applied PRA in their activities and how people responded to it. It ponders over the benefits and challenges of doing PRA from the views of NGOs, staff and beneficiaries. The book ends with thoughts on how NGOs respond to contemporary challenges and how participation shall be taken to next level. This book explores the participatory practices in the development programmes by nine NGOs in Wayanad district in Kerala, South India. The research followed mixed methodology and conducted a multidimensional analysis of data from the NGO directors, staff and beneficiaries. The book offers comprehensive outlook of NGOs in India and application of participatory approaches in their work. The book comprehensively narrates history of NGOs in India, types of NGOs and services. This is substantiated by empirical data on the profile of NGOs, outlining description of their infrastructure, services, staff and resources. The book presents research data on beneficiaries of NGOs and sketches their socio-economic profile and their association with voluntary service. The book is a significant contribution to knowledge on NGOs in India, beneficiaries of NGOs, concept of participation, Participatory Rural Appraisal and on how NGOs adapt to participatory practices. It is equally useful to development workers, NGOs, students of social sciences, Extension Education and anyone interested in discourses in development.

About Author :

P.V. Baiju holds Ph.D. in social work from Bharathidasan University Tiruchirappilli. He completed Master of Social Work from Rajgiri College of Social Sciences, Cochin in 1995 and subsequently Master degrees in Sociology and Economics and Bachelor in Law. His expertise and research interests consist of participatory practices, gender and development, facilitation, holistic health, life skill and social work philosophy. He has completed externally aided five research projects in these fields. Baiju is a certified national trainer of Junior Chamber International, India, and conducts training sessions and facilitates workshops on multitude of topics to professionals and non-professionals. He is a consultant to many NGOs and government organizations in social development.
He contributed to development of social work profession in India by his active involvement in Indian Council of Social Welfare (ICSW), National Association of Professional Social Workers (NAPSWI) and Association of Schools of Social Work in Kerala (ASSK) and being member of International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and Asian and Pacific Association for Social Work Education (APASWE). Social work news (, that he founded is an active email group sharing information on social work conferences, scholarships and job openings in the country.
Baiju used to teach at Master of Social Work programme at Department of Social Work, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit. Kalady Kerala and is presently instructor at Faculty of Social Work, Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.