Action-Research

CERAR has chosen to carry out research not on local populations
but with these very populations to build on their knowledge and their visions.

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Participatory action-research, given the volatility of protracted crisis situations and the constant need to adapt field knowledge, engages local actors in researching their everyday realities and translating the findings into resilience initiatives.

The action-research process simultaneously combines research with action on the ground in a permanent interface of interactions. It is mainly based on the idea that to know a social reality , one must participate in its transformation. A research or development intervention is not done ‘on’ a field but ‘in’ a field situation. In this respect, action research does not work on an object (of study) but with subjects that produce knowledge and are co-authoring the research.

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