Action-Learning and Planning (ALP) Meetings

The action-learning and planning methodology focuses on transparency, accountability, and participation as it relates to the management of community projects and budgets. Participants often focus on prioritizing for implementation the activities that address local concerns.

Problems and Purpose

ALP Meetings use a Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP) framework to prioritize the implementation of projects and to reinforce the project management skills of participants. [1]

Origins and Development

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Participant Recruitment and Selection

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How it Works: Process, Interaction, and Decision-Making

The ALP Meeting methodology was used in Santa, Northwest Cameroon to engage youth in the development of a Local Economic Development Plan. Together, council workers, city councilors, and youth leaders used the guiding principles of Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP) to review the council budget, re-prioritize projects and activities for implementation, and design the management of community projects. TAP helped the the team reflect on their priorities and determine which projects could help alleviate poverty in the municipality, yield income for the Council, be sustainable, and ensure adequate budgeting for educational purposes. The inclusion of youth representatives ensured their voices were heard and, subsequently, project and activities which addressed youth-specific needs were not overlooked. Overall, TAP-guided reflection and deliberation enabled participants to improve their ability to plan, execute, evaluate, draw lessons, and use learnings from community actions.[1]

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

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Analysis and Lessons Learned

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See Also

Engaging Youth in Municipal Youth Policy Development (Santa, Northwest Cameroon) 



External Links

The evidence for the effectiveness of action learning  

The 7 Most Important Rules for Successful Action Learning Projects  

Wikipedia - Action-Learning 

New South Wales Government - What is Action Learning?