JICA has been trying to find appropriate ways to revisit and deepen analysis on the process through which project outcomes are produced. We have so far tested this for several projects on which we applied different analytical approaches. One of them is the"project ethnography" approach. This is a method used to document the implementation process of a development project referring to Ethnography; a method used in anthropology to record findings from the field studies. The "project ethnography" approach involves the reconstruction of "realities of the ground" from diverse perspectives; not only those of project beneficiaries but also various other stakeholders, including donors, and describes the findings in a narrative style. It helps readers to vicariously experience what happened on the ground and to learn practical lessons by themselves.
To highlight the process of project implementation for the purpose of learning has been a global trend and a shared interest among donor agencies. Our initiatives also respond to such orientation.
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