This handbook proposes a different approach to thinking about the use of participatory rural appraisal (PRA), which traditionally focuses on extracting information from people to identify their problems and constraints. The novel approach, termed Community Visioning (CV), is a highly interactive process for establishing dialogue and engaging with farmers to identify opportunities and facilitate community action planning. It is a vehicle for creating awareness and learning about change, and for facilitating communities or groups to develop their visions of desired future conditions and commitments to action.
The handbook starts by presenting the theoretical base and guiding ideas for community visioning. It then describes different practical methods and tools for visioning. It concludes by suggesting a framework for analysing and reporting the results and outcomes of the CV process.
Sanginga, P. and Chitsike, C. 2004. The power of visioning: Developing community visions of desired future conditions. A handbook for community development facilitators. Annex H of the Final Technical Report for project R7856, ‘Strengthening social capital for improving policies and decision-making in NRM’. Kampala, Uganda: CIAT - African Highlands Initiative. 82 pp.