Community co-creation of solutions
To achieve this, Madelon is looking at number of case studies, each giving important insights to strengthen the effectiveness of PAR. The case of the shark conservation project on the island of Saba, for example, has led to important insights regarding the framing of problem definitions.
When a Saba nature organisation feared shark extinction and sought to increase the population, local fishermen were not interested in joining the project as they had different priorities. The PAR process helped reframe the problem definition: by focusing on the marine ecosystem as a whole, instead of just on sharks, fishermen and other stakeholders were able to come up with innovative solutions that fit everyone’s needs.
Madelon’s research has shown that instead of investing in ineffective campaigns to persuade people about their solution to a problem, it is more effective for NGOs to explore different perspectives and co-create solutions that fit with the needs and values of all parties involved.
The winner will be announced on 31st January during a dinner with the University Fund, the deans of the participating faculties and President of the Executive Board Anton Pijpers.
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