Participatory Action Learning System, SNV Ethiopia

Happy Family Tree quantification

PALS Toolkit December 2017 produced for ‘Gender and Youth Empowerment in Horticulture Markets (GYEM)’ project 2016-2018, implemented by SNV and funded by Comic Relief.

More details can be found on the following SNV links from 2016, but it is not known how many of those certified are still practising after the end of the project.

‘Gender and Youth Empowerment in Horticulture Markets’

‘Gender and Youth Empowerment in Horticulture Markets’ (GYEM) is  a three-year project (2016-2019) implemented by SNV Ethiopia and funded by Comic Relief. The project is undertaken from a value chain development approach, with special focus on the synergy between all the stakeholders in the chain and improving access to sustainable markets for smallholder farmers.

The overall goal of the project is to enhance social and economic empowerment of women and youth through improved control over assets and benefits from horticulture activities on household level in order that:

  • women attain higher income from their horticultural activities
  • women attain higher production through increased and improved access to assets, inputs, business development services, credits and markets
  • youth enhance their participation and income in horticulture value chains through improved services for cooperative’s members
  • the unions and cooperatives are more gender balanced in their policies, organisation and capacity building services for their members
  • the enabling environment is strengthened to promote women and youth participation in horticulture value chains.

For further information about GYEM see: Project Overview

As part of this project Participatory Action Learning System (PALS) was adapted with women and men champions and staff in a series of catalyst and livelihood strengthening workshops between November 2016 and December 2017 for:

  • Timret Cooperative Union, SNNPR (Meskan Woreda)
  • Meki Batu Cooperative Union, Oromia (Dugda Woreda).
Project Reports can be found on SNV PALS blog:

But many of those listen as certified SNV staff champions are known to have left the project by 2018 and may no longer be practising PALS. Last information was that some people in the community were continuing, but this may have been affected by the political conflict in 2021-2022,

Catalyst Toolkit

PALS in GYEM Overview
PALS Facilitation Overview
SNVPALS Tool 1 Soulmate Visioning
SNVPALS Tool 2 Vision Journey
SNVPALS Tool 3 Change Leadership Map
SNVPALS Tool 4 Happy Family Tree

Livelihood Strengthening

SNVPALS Tool 5 Challenge Action Tree
SNVPALS Tool 6 Livelihood Management Calendar

SNV Tool local translations

Tool translations for champions – without facilitation notes or leadership mapping.

Further Resources and updates

Further photographs from the Ethiopia process can be found on:

Page reviewed and reformatted February 2022. Further updates on process to be followed up by Linda Mayoux in 2023.