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Various reasons speak for integrating target groups in an active role in assessing intervention contexts and results – making their views more relevant for the design and implementation of programmes and projects.
1. Firstly, involving the people targeted by the intervention means taking the SDC’s missions and values seriously.
Learn more: thinking out of the expert box
The reality that a programme is designed for can be perceived very differently. For example, the programme designers, funders, experts and managers might see great potential for a programme for introducing a new means of cultivation – while the farmers may have experience that speaks against it, or perceive major obstacles that external experts are not able to see.
Learn more: different meanings of the term ‘beneficiaries’:
Learn more: usefulness of participatory approach throughout the programme/project cycle:
… when assessing the relevant overall context of a country, or when analysing a problem: asking the views of a variety of stakeholders and potential target groups
… when designing and implementing a specific programme or project: reflecting on intervention logics together with intended target groups' views along the way, establishing spaces for joint learning (e.g. sounding boards, workshops, interviews, monitoring activities,…)
… when defining and conveying messages in policy dialogue with power holders: explicitly referring to and including the perspectives of specific groups and individuals.