Facilitating a diversity of voices to influence policy.
This paper is about a process and practice which is bringing representatives of tribal communities in three Indian states together with district, state and national government officials, around the issue of aquaculture services provision. The project comprises a year-long series of visits, fieldwork, workshops, case studies, a consensus-building process, literature research, reviews and documentation. Among its aims are building shared understandings of government services provision among recipients, implementers and policy-makers, and facilitating an equitable dialogue towards policy change. The purpose of the project is to identify, test and promote mechanisms for the delivery of improved rural services critical to the development of rural livelihoods, with emphasis on services in support of aquaculture that take account of the objectives, strengths and constraints of marginalized groups and their complex diverse livelihoods.
Haylor, G. and Savage, W. (2002). Facilitating a diversity of voices to influence policy. Paper presented at SEAMEO-SPAFA/IDP conference on ‘Issues of culture, context and choice in development’. Bangkok, Thailand, 28-30 November. 9 pp.