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Perry Watson – Podcast 5: An Interview with PRIA President, Dr. Rajesh Tandon

In my fifth podcast, I sit down and ask Dr. Rajesh Tandon, President of Participatory Research in Asia.

Before diving into the interview, I have included a brief sound bite from my Ganges riverside experience in Varanasi, India during my stay there over the Christmas holidays.  

I ask Dr. Tandon the following questions: 

What was the rationale for you to start Participatory Research in Asia?;

How would you explain what PRIA does to someone in Canada?;

How do you envisage a successful ‘Water and Sanitation’ development project coming together?; 

There seems to be a disconnect between the behavioral elements and infrastructural aspects of improving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) conditions on the ground, how do you see this?;

As an organization, how do you approach tweaking and changing the participatory methodologies that PRIA employs?;

What advice would you give a university student interested in (international) development work as a potential career? 

Cheers everyone! 


Perry Watson – Podcast 4: Field Perspectives on Open Defecation and a Poem

In this third podcast, I share a few explanatory reasons for the continued practice of open defecation in rural India. I approach my understanding of the issue from a behavioral perspective, as I find it more relevant to the field work I have undertaken. These perspectives are adapted from a previous document that I wrote for Participatory Research in Asia. In addition, I have added some field-based anecdotes to enhance the discussion.

In the second part of the podcast, I share quite a profound poem that a friend shared with me here in Raipur recently – “Die Slowly” by Pablo Neruda. As fate would have it, the poem was given to me right as I was about to create this podcast. 

Cheers everyone! 

Perry Watson – Blog 1: Managing Expectations in a Foreign NGO

This blog posting lays out a few ideas in terms of expectations that I have been thinking about for quite sometime here in India. I felt that it was appropriate to share some of these points as a means of moving onto the thought process for the Capstone portion of my internship. I believe that the personal reflection element adds invaluable context to the research and field work with PRIA.

A combination of the two streams of thought will ultimately form a more holistic account of my immersion in India.   



Perry Watson – Podcast 3: Interpreting the peri-urban landscape

Join me on a typical walk home from my host organization’s office (PRIA) to my residence, here in Raipur, India. 

I discussmany of the sights and sounds, trials and tribulations, and personal reflections that I have gathered over the first two months of my placement. I thought that it would be both appropriate and desirable to attempt to share my own experience, in as much as a podcast can, for a wider audience. The format or lack thereof is organic and free-flowing.

Let’s take a walk and have a chat.  


Roxanne Power – Podast 2: Catching up with Perry Watson

After just a few weeks with the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) in New Delhi, India, learning as much as possible with new experiences each day, I sit down to catch up with Perry Watson to hear about his experience with PRIA so far.

Listen in to hear about the project he’ll be working on, some of his thoughts moving forward, and a little bit about the region in which he will be working.

(Image below: Sunset in New Delhi)

Perry Watson – Podcast 2: “Seeing with your heart and responding with your brains”

Earlier today I had the chance to sit down with Participatory Research in Asia colleague, Rabindran (Rabi) David Shelley.

In the podcast we discuss Rabi’s own academic background, which led him to PRIA; why he decided to pursue a career in the non-governmental organization sector; PRIA’s water and sanitation project in the State of Chhattisgarh; and the differing capacities that the N.G.O community and the Indian State play in the broader field of ‘development’. 

I conclude by asking Rabindran if there are any books that have inspired him and his work in the development field. 

Cheers everyone!

Perry Watson – Podcast 1: Pre departure interview with Siobhan Davis

For my first podcast, I am interviewed by Siobhan Davis, a fellow CAPI intern who is headed to the Malaysian Social Research Institute (MSRI) in Kuala Lumpur.  Siobhan and I discuss my upcoming placement in New Delhi, India with the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA).  

Siobhan Davis – Podcast 1: Pre Departure Interview

In this podcast, I am interviewed by fellow CAPI intern Perry Watson. This podcast aims to briefly explore my interests and motivations in participating in the Crossing Borders internship program.


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