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Participatory Praxis in Development Interventions: Experiences From South Asia

Ep. 3

The guest of this episode is Tom Thomas. Tom is Chief Executive Officer of Praxis-Institute of Participatory Practices. Tom has close to three decades of experience in international social development research with expertise across various thematic areas. He has held international top management positions such as Country Director and Asia Regional Coordinator with reputed international organisations, in addition to national positions. He has led several large national and international research teams with country, regional and International responsibilities on several assignments that have provided critical inputs into development policy and thinking on social development, in India and in several countries across South Asia. He is a proficient facilitator of participatory action research and participatory learning activities (PLA) in areas including poverty, health, food security, education, democratic decentralization, livelihoods and local governance with a special focus on social equity as well as more recently on the theme of business and human rights. Tom is also the Convener of Corporate Responsibility Watch, a civil society coalition that acts as a watchdog in the business and human rights space. Tom has authored and edited books as well as written several articles in internationally reputed journals.


In this episode, Tom will reflect and share his insights about participatory praxis in development interventions and discuss how we can approach development interventions or policies in a more inclusive and participatory way, based on his decades of experience in South Asia.

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