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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 5 Using participatory appraisal methods to review a sanitation and hygiene programme in Southern Niger

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 5 Using participatory appraisal methods to review a sanitation and hygiene programme in Southern Niger Christine van Wijk Introduction programme1. The mission aimed to analyse the objectives, approaches, strategies and activities The Village Water Supply Programme in of the programme and formulate Dosso, Niger is in its fourth phase. First wells recommendations for its continuation. These were protected and several small piped water two experiences demonstrate that it is possible to use participatory techniques on a short (16 supplies built. Then a programme for hygiene day) review mission and move away from an around the waterpoints was added. Later this extractive approach to programme review. was expanded to a full-fledged programme for measurably improved hygiene and sanitation. The mission team's initial review of the The programme started by investigating programme documents showed that it had a existing knowledge, conditions and practices. large number of objectives with varying degrees of relevance to health and community Knowledge on water, sanitation and health was feasibility. It was also clear that the programme high, but had not led to adequate conditions and did not make best use of participatory practices. Hence a pilot project was started in techniques. ...

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