In order to develop a tool that responded to the specific needs of humanitarian actors, ALNAP facilitated the Global Study on Consultation and Participation of Disaster-affected Populations, which was carried out by Groupe URD from 2002 to 2004.
An initial version of the manual was tested by different local and international organisations in a variety of countries. The lessons learned were then incorporated into this new version.
The Participation Handbook for humanitarian field workers contains detailed practical advice on the participation of affected people in humanitarian action. It has three sections:
- Developing a participatory approach (main issues, key factors, building mutual respect, communication methods and advice on reviewing your approach);
- Implementing your participatory approach at every stage of the project cycle (initial assessment, project design, implementation, monitoring and final evaluation);
- A list of tools and additional resources (books, internet sites, etc.).
You can also download individual chapters in pdf format.
For more information, contact Mme Lear
Part one: Developing a participatory approach to involve crisis-affected people in a humanitarian response
Part two: Implementing a participation strategy