Mobilising faith-based organisations for social development through a participatory action research (PAR) process

Swart I. (2005)


This article gives a critical account of a participatory action research process through which the researchers have aimed to mobilise the faith-based sector for social development action in selected local communities. After highlighting a number of key features, the article describes in some detail the multifaceted methodology applied in the research process and the eventual diffusion of the research results. The article concludes by recognising that, whilst the process has been successful in achieving a certain degree of conscientisation and empowerment, these two aspects remain strategically important in an ongoing PAR initiative. The article finally stresses in particular the importance of the theoretical paradigm of social development in this regard.

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