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Activity Enhancing development impact of process tools piloted in Eastern India
Country Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam
Last update: 15/06/2006
Lead organisation organisation details NACA-STREAM Initiative
Coordinator person details Dr. Graham Haylor
Budget UK - Pound 48,000
Project period 20/02/2004 to 31/08/2005
Countries: Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam 
Url www.streaminitiative.org 
Summary This project was undertaken in the Asia-Far east region. It aimed to enable national level fisheries service agencies to provide more quality benefits to their primary stakeholders (users of aquatic resources) in eight Asia-Pacific countries through the promotion of three process tools, relevant to the delivery of improved rural services, that were developed by NRSP projects R6759 and R8100. An iterative participatory process (largely internet-based but also with face-to-face in-country stakeholder consultation) was used to develop a common understanding of the purpose, design and content of two communication genres – better practice guidelines (BPGs) and policy briefs (PBs) – for the three process tools. Stakeholders in each country then moved on to producing these products in their chosen language(s), fine tuned to suit their local context. Uptake and use of the tools by national stakeholders was achieved in some countries during the project’s life.
Background R8363 was implemented in response to a demand from the governing council of NACA (Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific) for methods and processes that would assist service providers in Asia-Pacific to undertake pro-poor work. Three tools developed by two previous NRSP projects: R8100 (Investigating improved pro-poor policy on aquaculture service provision) and R6759 (Integration of aquaculture into the farming systems of the eastern plateau of India) were relevant to addressing this demand. The tools concerned: consensus building (R8100); and building social capital and surveying information access (R6759). Eight STREAM member countries (Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam) participated. Operating from the headquarters of NACA-STREAM in Thailand, it was possible to interact with relevant national stakeholders via STREAM’s communication hubs that were based in each participating country. These managers acted as country-based coordinators for the development of communication products for the process tools and for their in-country promotion.
Objective This project aimed to enable national level stakeholders to provide more quality benefits to their primary stakeholders/ ultimate beneficiaries located in eight Asia-Pacific countries through the enhanced uptake and promotion of three process tools developed by NRSP projects R6759 and R8100 for the delivery of improved rural services.
Resources Key national level stakeholders from non-project countries engaged with the research products of R6759 and R8100 as they relate to the use of water bodies for livelihood enterprises.
Potential utility of the process tools developed by R6759 and R8100 further progressed through international an on-line discussion forum attended by key stakeholders of each participating country.
Development of policy briefs and better practice guidelines for the research products. Fine-tuning of these products to specific national communication contexts followed by their widespread promotion.
Results The project showed that it was feasible to undertake multi-country, multi-stakeholder participatory development of communication products. The STREAM network was an enabling institutional structure for digital as well as face-to-face communication with intended users of the products. Through the STREAM communication hubs, both national intermediate stakeholders (fisheries service agencies) and a sample of primary stakeholders participated in product development and in planning their promotion.
Stakeholders strongly engaged with the agreed genres for promoting each tool – the policy briefs (PBs) and better practice guidelines (BPGs). Once common agreement was reached on content, the BPG for each tool was produced in each country in the required language(s), each tailored to their respective communication contexts. Similarly a PB was produced for one tool – consensus building. In total communication products for the tools were developed in 11 eleven languages.
Participating countries recognised that they could build on the main features of the BPG genre to produce second generation versions that attended to various local contexts and one country progressed to their production. BPGs were developed on other topics, with fish farmers as co-authors in two instances.
By the end of the project, fisheries line agencies in four participating countries had used the BPGs for the process tools in their field projects.
Organisation Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 110 Education
313 Fishery
1.2 Institutional dimension Policy Development
Information & Communication
Organizational change & learning
1.3 Natural dimension Water
3.1 Natural Resource Mgmt. Water mgmt
3.2 Pollution-Environmental Protection 1. Water
NRSP Keywords water resources
consensus building
communication
aquaculture
scaling-up
uptake promotion
NRSP Node: suite India 1: Policy process for pro-poor rural services
NRSP Production system High Potential
NRSP Themes 8. Piloting new strategies for pro-poor NR management
9. Strategies for scaling-up research findings
Role Person name
Project leader person details Dr. Graham Haylor
Collaborator person details Bebet M Gonzales
Collaborator person details Phoutthusacj Inthavongkham
Collaborator person details Rubu Mukerjee
Collaborator person details Nil Pokharel
Collaborator person details Athoulah Senaratne
Collaborator person details Nuang Song Ha
Collaborator person details Aniza Suspensa
Collaborator person details Sem Viriyak
Role Type Title Download
Project Document Extension leaflet, brochure, policy brief or poster output details Building consensus (English version). 136kb
Project Document Extension leaflet, brochure, policy brief or poster output details Building consensus (Multilingual versions).  
Project Document Extension leaflet, brochure, policy brief or poster output details Consensus-building process (English version). 419kb
Project Document Extension leaflet, brochure, policy brief or poster output details Consensus-building process (Multilingual versions). www.streaminitiative.org/..
Project Document Extension leaflet, brochure, policy brief or poster output details Information access survey (English version). 334kb
Project Document Extension leaflet, brochure, policy brief or poster output details Information access survey (Multilingual versions). www.streaminitiative.org/..
Project Document Extension leaflet, brochure, policy brief or poster output details Livelihoods approaches in fisheries and aquaculture (English version). 181kb
Project Document Extension leaflet, brochure, policy brief or poster output details Livelihoods approaches in fisheries and aquaculture (Multilingual versions). www.streaminitiative.org/..
Project Document Extension leaflet, brochure, policy brief or poster output details Self-help groups (English version). 384kb
Project Document Extension leaflet, brochure, policy brief or poster output details Self-help groups (Multilingual versions) www.streaminitiative.org/..
Project Document Extension leaflet, brochure, policy brief or poster output details What are Better Practice Guidelines? (English version). 117kb
Project Document Extension leaflet, brochure, policy brief or poster output details What are Better Practice Guidelines? (Multilingual versions) www.streaminitiative.org/..
Project Document Extension leaflet, brochure, policy brief or poster output details What are policy briefs? (English version). 86kb
Project Document Extension leaflet, brochure, policy brief or poster output details What are policy briefs? (Multilingual versions). www.streaminitiative.org/..
Project Document Final Technical Report (FTR) output details Enhancing developmental impact of process tools piloted in Eastern India. 298kb
Project Document Project report output details Enhancing developmental impact of process tools piloted in Eastern India. Scientific report. 2,027kb