Fourth Roundtable

Roundtable Discussion on Rural Development and Community Capacity: Case of Rural Development in Thailand Disparity between rural and urban communities is widening in developed and developing countries. This makes rural development is a globally significant issue to reduce the gap and eliminate poverty. To provide the APU graduate students, mainly Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) fellows the opportunity to face this issue, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) held the “4th Roundtable Discussion on Rural Development and Community Capacity” from August 7 to 9, 2012. During the first two days of the roundtable discussion there were presentations from academics and development practitioners about conceptual knowledge, as well as experiential and practical cases for rural … Continue reading Fourth Roundtable

Second Roundtable

Roundtable Discussion for Rural Development: Focusing on Strategic Approach and Importance of Facilitation Rural development is an important issue in many developing countries and participatory evaluation is a tool that can help better shape policy. To help enrich the studies of the graduate students at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) a two-day roundtable workshop on rural development was convened in August 2011. The roundtable included presentations from academics and development practitioners on the themes of “Strategic Approaches for Rural Development” and “Facilitation for Rural Development.” The panel on strategic approaches was held on the first day and the panel on facilitation the second. Each expert presentation was followed by a brief question and discussion time. The afternoon … Continue reading Second Roundtable

First Roundtable

A more Strategic and Participatory Approach for Rural Development To help enrich the studies of the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) recipients of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) a one-day roundtable workshop on rural development was convened in February 2011. The workshop brought academics and practitioners from the fields of evaluation and development to give presentations and facilitate group discussions on the topic. The aim of the roundtable was to explore issues and tools to improve rural development policy, as well as to provide a forum for expression and discussion for the participants. I hope that this volume of publication will contribute to further development of discussions on rural development, as well … Continue reading First Roundtable