What are participatory methods?
Participatory methods encourage the participation of individuals
in a group process, no matter what their age, sex, social class or educational
background. They are especially useful for encouraging the participation of
women (who in some cultures are reluctant to express their views or unable to
read and/or write.) Participatory methods are designed to build self-esteem and
a sense of responsibility for one's decisions. They try to make the process of
decision-making easy and fun. They are designed for planning at community level.
Participants learn from each other and develop respect for each other's