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In the turbulent march and years that we have spent in privation towards a just, equal, peaceful society, PIDT has all along been involved in Participatory Action Research. It was the way of elucidating and providing voice to the voiceless people. For the uninitiated, “ Participatory Action Research” is living with the people and working together to explore the society, culture and economies that surround them . The process enriches the society and the activist at the same time, isolating factors of oppression as well as opposing such factors. It is at once way a of discovery and response. PAR is very different and often contradictory to PRA which is more popularly known because of extensive usage by the World Bank.
A new process, based on PAR has been emerging over the years with the need to document and communicate the process and increase replicability of experiencesto activists through out the country called People’s Participatory Process. The process flowered into People’s Participatory Process and Action for Transformation (PPPAT) at PIDT. The transformatory process was evolved over a two year period .Through studies made by villagers with the help of activists. 20 villages and almost 2000 villagers were involved along with 50 activists from PIDT to give shape to the concept and it’s application.
The essence of the process in which the PPPAT has evolved from PAR is in the finding methods of generalisation and to achieve communicability. The process of evolving both the concept and plan for immediate action was also a process of community participation and co-operative action. Thus the integrated process of PAR incorporated Action for Transformation and increased the significance and scope of the process.