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Ground Level Panels

The Ground-Level Panel brings together people facing different kinds of vulnerabities and marginalisation to take part in a deliberative dialogue process, during which the participants discuss a significant policy initiative that impacts their lives. The aim of the Ground-Level Panel process is to provide a counterpoint to the dominance of 'professional, political and academic voices in the global policy-making processes'.

In 2013, the United Nations formed a 27-member High-Level Panel to inform the process of framing the post-Millennium Development Goals development framework. To counter yet another top-down approach, organisations across the world reached out to poor and marginalised people to make their voices heard before the policies determining their fate are framed. As part of this process, Praxis, along with the Participate initiative with the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, facilitated Ground-Level Panel processes with people from across the country to understand their challenges and their vision for the future.

 

Since then, the Ground-Level Panels have been organized as a platform for direct talk, to facilitate community-led evidence-backed engagement with those who form and influence policies. The process creates spaces where people facing marginalisation are recognised as experts who inform top-down policies from the lens of their lived experience. The aim of the Ground-Level Panel process is to provide a counterpoint to the dominance of 'professional, political and academic voices in policy-making processes'.

 

Praxis facilitates ground-level processes and also builds the capacity of organisations and individuals to faciliatet similar processes in their project area.

 

GROUND-LEVEL PANEL PROCESSES

The Ground-Level Panel brings together people facing different kinds of vulnerabities and marginalisation to take part in a deliberative dialogue process, during which the participants discuss a significant policy initiative that impacts their lives. The aim of the Ground-Level Panel process is to provide a counterpoint to the dominance of 'professional, political and academic voices in the global policy-making processes'.

 

The Facilitator's Handbook aims to guide facilitators in organising similar ground-level panels. It focuses on the day-to-day process that was followed during the first Ground-Level Panel hosted by Praxis anddraws from the findings that emerged from the deliberations to offer broad suggestons and tips for facilitators. The handbook can be viewed here.

GROUND-LEVEL PANEL ON POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK

GROUND-LEVEL PANEL ON  AGRICULTURE AND CLIMATE CHANGE

GROUND-LEVEL PANEL ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

GROUND-LEVEL PANEL ON THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION

GROUND-LEVEL PANEL ON THE DRAFT NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY 2016

GROUND-LEVEL PANEL OF NOMADIC AND DENOTIFIED TRIBES WITH RESPECT TO SDGS

GROUND-LEVEL PANEL ON CHILD LABOUR

'BY THE PEOPLE' - COMMUNITY-LED ADVOCACY ON POLICY ISSUES

Praxis facilitated participatory research with several marginalised groups. Their views were consolidated into the Voice For Change series.

VOICE FOR CHANGE SERIES