GUNi participated in the Symposium organized by Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) at New Delhi
At the Symposium participants had the opportunity to discuss and reflect about participatory and community research through different projects and exchange of experiences.
From 9 to 10 April was held the Symposium on Mainstreaming University-Community Research Partnerships & Building Capacities Of The Next Generation Of Community-Based Participatory Researchers in New Delhi. This event was coordinated by PRIA and had the participation from different experts worldwide and memberinvolved the Participatory Research Project.
During the event, Prof. Budd Hall and Dr. Rajesh Tandon, UNESCO Co-Chairs, presented and discussed about the current scenery on participatory research and challenges for the future, including practicing and the promotion of the methodology of participatory research.
A panel discussion on “Mobilizing Resources for Building Capacity in Community-based Participatory Research” was also carried out, bringing different perspectives from various geographical locations and sectors. Ms. Cristina Escrigas, Project Development Advisor in GUNi, represented the European region and shared our main activities. Escrigas speech focused on issues like the challenges from the European universities in order to improve their community engagement performance and the Community-University Experiences in Netherlands, Finland, and France among others.
Within this panel, experiences from East Asia were introduced by Dr. Carol Ma, the Associate-Director of Service-Learning (OSL) in Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China. The civil society in India was represented by Mr. Jagadananda, Member Secretary from the Centre for Youth & Social Development (CYSD), describing his experience as part of civil society, while Dr. Surajit Sarkar Associated Professor in Ambedkar University share the experience from the initiative Center for Community Knowledge from the same university.
At this symposium, the need to build relationships as part of community based research was the focus of discussions and participatory research was highlighted in order to develop sustainable social change trough different seminars and opened a great network regarding those issues.