Date:January 24, 2013

Capacity building in participatory research, Uzbekistan

ETC has assisted the research project on Economic and Ecological Restructuring of Land and Water Use of CDR in the Khorezm Region of Uzbekistan to develop and implement a research approach that hinges on close interaction with individuals and organisations that are envisaged to be the main user of research findings. Initiated in 2001, the Khorezem project generated a number of “innovation packages” of new, potentially relevant practices. From 2008 to 2010, it undertook action research to test these “innovations” on the ground with the involvement of stakeholders in order to adapt them to “innovations that work” within the specific conditions of the Khorezm region.

ETC’s role has been to help build interdisciplinary research teams that engage in developing and fine-tuning the participatory research approach. A capacity building process has being undertaken in which a total of five training workshops interchanged with extensive periods of field implementation. ETC staff worked with the local coordinator in designing, facilitating and evaluating this capacity building process and coordinated the publication of a “manual” on the participatory approach.

Countries /   Countries Uzbekistan
Duration of   project 2008-2011
Client /   partner Centre for Development Research (CDR) University of   Bonn
Donor CDR
Contact   person (within ETC) Laurens van Veldhuizen