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Action research: a basis for peace work

Action research: a basis for peace work

Flaubert Djateng, Christiane Kayser January 2015


Introduction by Flaubert Djateng and Christiane Kayser

La recherche-action un outil essentiel dans le travail pour le changement social et la paix durable 8
by Christiane Kayser

Douala : métropole du Cameroun et miroir du pays 12
Action research as a basis for the daily work of Justice and Peace but also as an opportunity to revitalize an institution in transformation
by Pr William Tcheumtchoua Nzali fils, s.j., et Dr Maurizio Guerrazzi

Le Bustani : une recherche-action en chantiers 15
by Michel Séguier

Atelier « Recherche et capacitation sur les conflits » 18 
(29–31 janvier 2014, Kribi – Cameroun)
Extracts from the report
by Flaubert Djateng, Pierre Fichter,
Christiane Kayser, Frank Wiegandt

La recherche-action pour une intervention adaptée aux situations de conflits 45 
The approach of the Global Youth Dynamics in Eastern Cameroon
by Pierre Fichter et Dupleix Kuenzob

La recherche-action, une opportunité pour la société civile de promouvoir le changement 51 
by Flaubert Djateng

L’épidémie de fièvre Ébola : Aperçus de Sierra Léone 62
by Dr Sheku Kamara et Julia Krojer

Relier Citoyenneté, Participation et Principe de Responsabilité 68
A study by PRIA (Participatory Research in Asia – Participatory Research In Asia)
by Rajesh Tandon

« Recherche-action » 80

Some theoretical snippets

La recherche-action, la planification et l’évaluation participatives 105

Module 1: The learning process

by Jacques M. Chevalier et Daniel J. Buckles

Recherche-action, genre et développement 123
by Hélène Fromont

Contacts 141


Action research is on the way to becoming an essential approach for the peace work of the Civil Service for Peace (SCP) networks. We have therefore undertaken to share here a number of research-action initiatives in Cameroon, a synthesis of research projects in the DRC, but also the initial situation and the research questions that arise in Sierra Leone in the midst of the Ebola epidemic.

We added theoretical and practical elements because there is not a single “right” approach to action research. The demand for methodological rigor and the involvement of the stakeholders, using tools that facilitate better communication, makes it necessary to take into account the experiences of the people concerned. There are currently a significant number of initiatives and methodologies developed in Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa that can be appropriated. We also tried to clarify the link between action research and peace work from our point of view.

We hope that these texts can be useful on the different territories where you intervene and look forward to receiving descriptions of your experiences and the tools you have developed.

Good reading and good work

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