Development of the sourcebook began in earnest in September 2004. During the planning stage, an advisory committee was formed comprised of staff from NAFRI, NAFES and NUOL as well as key support projects.
In addition, a project management team was formed within NAFRI to oversee the process throughout. Potential articles were identified from three broad sources:
1. Papers from the 2004 uplands workshop
2. Previously produced reports, publications and materials.
3. New articles on identified gaps or where experiences had not been written up.
Once articles had been identified, artists and editors were asked to repackage them. In a repackaged article, original articles are shortened and a clear focus provided. Language is simplified and complex concepts are broken down into easy to understand steps. It was also decided to tap the pool of talented young Lao artists to help illustrate each article. Artwork is a key part of the sourcebook as the illustrations bring the concepts and key messages to life and make the publication user-friendly.
Staff from NAFRI, NAFES and NUOL were asked to review and provide feedback on the draft articles at two review workshops. The objectives of the review workshops were to provide an opportunity for staff from key organizations to comment and critique draft articles and ensure feedback from a range of disciplines. The review process also allowed staff to critically review articles outside their normal area of expertise. Some of these staff are also expected to assist with the production process and in the promotion of the publication.
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