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A Participatory Systematization Workbook

Daniel Selener: Documenting, Evaluating and Learning from our Development Projects: A Participatory Systematization Workbook.

International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), New York (USA) 1996.107 p, ISBN: 997804-241-5. US $ 20,-. (IIRR, Apartado Postal 17-08-8494, Quito, Ecuador).

This practical workbook provides an understanding of the concept of systematization as well as guidelines for planning the systematization process, and for conducting follow-up and evaluation activities to improve project processes and results. It also includes useful tools for implementing the systematization process.

The workbook contains six sections dealing with: What is systematization? Objectives of systematization; Planning of systematization. What to systematize? Areas of analysis. Toolbox.

Sechoirs Solaires

Joerg Kiessling: Sechoirs solaires. Tableau sysnoptique. Version francaise.

GTZ/ISAT 1996. (GTZ/ISAT, Postfach 5180, 65726 Eschborn, Germany).

The French version of the German ISAT publication Solare Trockner, which gives an overview of a wide range of solar dryers with a lot of technical details and a related bibliography.

Training for Self-Employment

John P. Grierson and lan McKenzie: Training for Selfemployment through Vocational Training Institutions.

International Labour Organisation (ILO), Geneva (Switzerland) 1996.156 pp. ISBN: 92-9049-333-0. US $ 14,(Publication Unit, International Training Centre of the ILO, Curso Unita d'ltalia 125, 10127 Turin, Italy).

This volume has four principal parts:

Part I sets the stage with a brief overview of enterprise development issues and provides an assessment framework for vocational training for self-employment.

Part Il looks broadly at self-employment re-orientation issues and options, with an overview of the forces driving the interest in self-employment and the options that are emerging, for national governments, for educational and training systems, for Vocational Training Institutions (VTls) and, not least, for the aspiring self-employee themselves.

Part lIl presents five case studies from India, Colombia, Kenya, Ghana and Chile illustrating different attempts at vocational training for self-employment.

Part IV draws together the many strands of the case studies and essays, and summarises the findings of the expert consultation on re-orienting VTls to self-employment in terms of its guiding theme: strategies for training for self-employment through VTls. It also provides a planning framework to assist managers and administrators to design effective support programmes.

World Bank and NGOs

World Bank: The World Bank's Partnership with Nongovernmental Organizations.

World Bank, Washington (USA) 1996. 38 pp. US $ 7,95 plus postage. (World Bank, P.O.Box 7247-8619, Philadelphia, PA 19170-8619, USA)

The small booklet includes the following sections: The World Bank: Organization and Objectives; NGOs, The NGO-World Bank Committee; Working Together in Bank-Financed Projects; Issues in Bank-NGO Operational Collaboration; Cooperation in Research and Analysis; Policy Dialogue. Several useful annexes with addresses are also included.

Surface Water Treatment by Roughing Filters

Martin Wegelin: Surface Water Treatment by Roughing Filters. A Design, Construction and Operational Manual.

SKAT, St.Gallen (Switzerland) 1996.167 pp. 12 Tables, 31 photos. ISBN: 3-908001-67-6. US $ 20,00. (IT Publications, 103-105 Southhampton Row, London WC1 B 4HH, UK).

The publication presents the concept, design and filed experience of roughing filters applied as pretreatment prior to slow sand filters. It describes the treatment processes which convert turbid surface water into clear drinking water. The presented treatment methods are simple, efficient and reliable and therefore appropriate for rural water supply schemes. The manual mainly focuses on the design, construction and operation pf prefilters and roughing fiters. It is recommended as a textbook for teachers and students, as a design manual for engineers and as operation and maintenance guidelines for technicians. The manual draws its valuable information from a profound field experience documented by the small anecdotes scattered throughout the text.

Neem and the Environment

R.P. Singh, M.S. Chari, A.K. Raheja, W. Kraus (Ed.): Neem and Environment. 2 Volumes.

Science Publishers, London (UK) 1996. 1227 pp. ISBN: 1886106-32-0. (Science Publishers,10 Water Str, # 310, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03766, USA).

All efforts to increase the productivity of crops go to waste if plants are not protected. Pests and diseases are important components of the adverse environmental factors. Putting in tonnes of toxic material in the environment to manage them is certainly not the right approach to salve pest problems. Cost development of resistance etc. are the other drawbacks associated with the use of synthetic pesticides. Neem has emerged as the single most important safe and cheap altenative to synthetic pesticides.

These two volumes are the proceedings of a neem conference which took place in Bangalore, India 1993. It shows the wide range of research that is undertaken to get a better knowledge on neem and to share the experiences with other researchers in this field.

The CGNET Story

Georg Lindsey, Ken Novak, Selcuk Ozgediz and David Balson: The CGNET Story. A Case Study of Internatinal Computer Networking.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa (Canada) 1994. 127 pp. ISBN: 088936-678-0. (IDRC, P.O.Box 8500, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1G 3H9).

A quick and reliable exchange of information among induviduals, organizations, and countries is the purpose of CGNET and a key to international development.

When it was first created in the 1980s, CGNET was a groundbreaking achievement. It was the first data-communication network of this scale in the development research community, opening up access to information vital for timely and accurate decisions. Using a case-study format, the authors combine their collective experience to describe the development of the CGNET communication network and related technology. They discuss its origin, functions, and operational requirements and describe how people in remote centres in developing countries use CGNET.