Participatory research is a research method that focuses on people rather than data and can be used as a powerful tool for developing communities.
For the Uganda Partnership, participatory research is a cornerstone of our work. Prior to initiating any project we do extensive research into what is needed and wanted by the community. Projects are often initiated by the beneficiaries themselves and in partnership with UP, participate throughout the process of the development and execution of a plan.
Without this principal of participation and partnership many of our projects would fall short. Ultimately we aim to empower people and reduce the concept of dependence and helplessness. What we have seen is that as the people that are receiving help become empowered and they realise their potential to not only take control of their own situations but that they can impact others positively. They begin to want to reach out and help others, in this way the helped become the helpers.
WHAT IS PARTICIPATORY PHILOSOPHY?
“It is absolutely essential that the oppressed participate in the revolutionary process with an increasingly critical awareness of their role as subjects of the transformation.”