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Addressing Urban Poverty: Participatory Approaches and Tools

Starts on: 1 st & 15th of every month | Duration: 6 Months | Registration open


Course Developers

Mr. Manoj Rai

Mr. Manoj Rai, Director, PRIA, has a career spanning more than 20 years in development research and advocacy. He has developed a strong analytical understanding of the contemporary social, political and economic dimensions of development. He has extensive experience in citizen participation and local governance with special focus on Rural Governance and Rural Development. Mr. Rai is skilled at Policy Advocacy, Policy Research, and Networking with Government, NGOs, Media and Academic Institutions. He is member of various specialised committees including the C-DAP committee of the Planning Commission of India, Expert Group of National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, etc. Mr. Rai has authored and co-authored many books and articles, which have been published in IIZ/DVV journal, Journal of International Adult Education, Indian Pediatrics, Journal of Family Welfare and Health, Journal of Indian Economic Association, The Economic and Political Weekly, NFI Bulletin, Participation and Governance, etc.

Dr. Rajesh Tandon

Dr. Rajesh Tandon,Ph.D., PRIA, New Delhi, is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development. He founded the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), a voluntary organisation providing support to grassroots initiatives in South Asia, twenty-eight years ago, and continues to be its Chief Functionary since 1982. A renowned authority on participatory research, Dr. Tandon has championed the cause of building organisations and capacities of the marginalised through their knowledge, learning and empowerment. He has contributed to the emergence of several local, national and international groups and initiatives to promote authentic and participatory development of societies.

Ms. Banashree Banerjee

Ms. Banashree Banerjee is an urban planner working as an independent consultant and also as an associate staff member of the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Rotterdam and visiting faculty member at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. In a career spanning more than three decades, the focus of her work has been on inclusive approaches to urban planning and management, particularly related to the poor. She has been responsible for designing, implementing and institutionalizing participatory planning and monitoring at neighbourhood and city levels and putting in place city-wide approaches to improvement of informal settlements in a number of cities.

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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

Learning Outcomes

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

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