Addressing Urban Poverty: Participatory Approaches and Tools
Starts on: 1 st & 15th of every month | Duration: 6 Months | Registration open
The course is an intensive exploration, which details out the concept of urban poverty in a contemporary setting and examines the ways in which community-led participation can be an effective tool in dealing with the challenges urban poverty poses. The course details the varied facets of urbanization and urban poverty and the impacts they have on the majority of urban dwellers – the urban poor.The course also takes the learner through a range of community participation tools and methods that may be deployed to maximize the benefits of urban development, to include the urban poor. The course also discusses a wide range of conceptual issues and practical challenges faced by practitioners, adult educators, researchers, resource providers and policy makers in using a participatory approach in managing, tracking and evaluating development programmes. The course also contains a large number of practical illustrations drawn from the repertoire of knowledge based on field programmes conducted by PRIA.
- This innovative course is one of its kinds, at the national, regional and international levels, offered in a distance education mode.
- The course contains detailed content regarding both problem and solution scenarios within the contexts of urban poverty and community participation.
- Practical examples from live projects illustrate the course content, including practical insights and experiences of more than three decades of PRIA's engagement on the subject of Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation.
- The course material is designed and developed to meet the special requirements of distance mode of education. It includes inbuilt exercises, note banks and in-text questions aimed at stimulating critical thinking and analysis.
- Moodle, the preferred web based platform of educational institutions across the world, is used to maximize interaction between the instructors and the learners. Lively discussions take place in an asynchronous mode, enabling learners from across the globe to participate and share their comments, queries, suggestions, views and experiences in their virtual classroom.
- Learners can also access the instructor through the Moodle, via emails, Skype and even over the telephone.
The programme is designed for working professionals, including development professionals/NGO staff responsible for research. Individuals and practitioners in the field of monitoring and auditing will also gain value from attending this course. This course is also relevant for students and faculty from universities/colleges studying/teaching topics related to community participation and its implementation/ monitoring.
To strengthen understanding of concepts and approaches to community participation in the face of issues of increasing urban poverty issues in a rapidly urbanizing world.
- 6 units of study
- Four evaluative exercises – Reflection note, quizzes and project based assignment.
- 2-3 videos for the course
- Powerpoint presentation giving the highlights of each unit
- Additional readings per unit
Unit 1: Urban Realities in Present Times
Unit 2: Policies and Programmes in the Urban Context
Unit 3: Mobilization and Collectivization of the Urban Poor
Unit 4: Urban Planning by the Poor: Community Participation
Unit 5: Community-Led Urban Service Delivery
Unit 6: Community-Led Accountability
On completion of the course, the learner would be enabled to:
- Demonstrate an understanding on the issues related to urban poverty
- Effectively implement community participation processes, within communities targeted for urban development