PAHAL Project, Rajasthan, India. Participatory Approach to Human and Land Resource Development
P Bharati , M E S Flint , M K Shah , T F Shaxson
The PAHAL project is located in Dungarpur District in southern Rajasthan, and has been supported by the Government of Rajasthan and Sida since 1992. The overriding purpose is to strengthen sustainable land use management for local economic development; to contribute to socio-economic development in Dungarpur District; and to inform operational policy development within rural development in Rajasthan. The main activities of the project are Human and Institutional Resource Development and natural resource activities. The purpose of the evaluation was to provide information to the Government of Rajasthan and Sida on the development of the project to date, on its relevance in a wider rural development perspective, and to give recommendations on possible reorientation/adjustments of the project in order to increase its impact. The evaluation involved four main stages: a briefing with Sida; a review of all available project documentation; initial meetings in New Dehli with the Development Cooperation Section, Ministry of Environment and Forests, and others; and a period of fieldwork, workshops, and discussions in Dungarpur.