n South African Journal of Agricultural Extension - Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) : sharing the South African experience : a discussion of key issues

Volume 30, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0301-603X
  • E-ISSN: 2413-3221


In this article it is argued that PLA can do much to promote grass roots development in South Africa if it is adapted to local conditions. However it is not easy to promote this practice theory in South Africa at this point in time due to some of the reasons outlined below. Some principles of this practice theory are scrutinised briefly as well as some stumbling blocks that inhibits the growth of PLA and participatory development in South Africa in general. These problems are part and parcel of the local development culture and it emphasises how complex it is to promote participatory development if it is not well established in development practice.

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