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In our assessment and research work, our teams employ participatory methods and approaches in data collection. This includes but is not limited to observation, individual and focus group interviews and review of secondary context data.
These mixed methods engage management teams, workers and members of the local community. In addition, the assessment teams will interview/engage local stakeholders such as schools, clinics, local government and small businesses in the area to establish current status with a view to benchmark this against any indirect contributions that supply chains or CSR projects may have in the reduction of poverty, improvement of people’s livelihoods, increase in primary education and improvement in health.
Partner Africa uses a wide range of participatory management techniques in our consultancy work and we actively search for new and innovative ways of involving stakeholders in the process.
We do this by…
- Actively listening to others
- Developing and using a ‘facilitator’ leadership style as opposed to a ‘traditional’ leadership style
- Involving primary as well as secondary stakeholders in decisions
- Building local capacity and cultivating teamwork
- Advocating for the use of participatory approaches throughout activities
- Building the required attitudes in the programme team, developing a self critical/ learning culture in the team
- Cultivating partnership relationships by building trust and confidence in partners as well as handing over control to partners especially workers and small-scale farmers