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Conclusions and Recommendations from Participatory Market Mapping in Kenya and Sri Lanka

Hi Ewan,

Thank you ver so much for the insight on the concluding part of the presentation.

In response to your question concerning NGO involvement, I found the discussions around this yesterday evening very interesting. I think Lucho raised some very important issues around the facilitation of a PMM workshop. Even NGO’s are not impartial and come with pre-conceived ideas and therefore will add an influence and bias to the process. Should NGO’s therefore be the facilitators? I think from your presentation yesterday there were discussions surrounding boundaries and the importance of having these in place to prevent bias. I think an NGO still represents to many an impartial advisory and perhaps has more weight and sway in initiating the process but whether they should actively facilitate or is questionable and perhaps only if that is the only solution. Going in to organise into what we think is the best solution does more harm than good. Do you think facilitation through a local partner would be a better approach? In the Kenya and Sri Lanka where Practical Action already have a presence this I guess is the approach that has been taken?

Emma’s presentation raised some interesting points from an anthropological point of view regarding how do you get stakeholders interested in participation? As why should they be interested? How easy in the case studies of Kenya and Sri Lanka did you find it to get all stakeholders involved? Will you do follow up workshops in the near future to explore these ideas further? Perhaps Namiz and Tameezan also have input on this as well.

Best wishes

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