Action-Learning and Planning (ALP) Meetings
- Scope of Implementation
- Level of Polarization This Method Can Handle
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.
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Problems and Purpose
ALP Meetings use a Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP) framework to prioritise the implementation of projects and to reinforce the project management skills of participants.
Origins and Development
Participant Recruitment and Selection
How it Works: Process, Interaction, and Decision-Making
The ALP Meeting methodolgy was used in Santa, Northwest Cameroon to engage youth in the development of a Local Economic Development Plan. Together, council workers, city councillors, 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.
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Analysis and Lessons Learned
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