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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 20 Beyond the bounded community: REFLECT in urban settings


Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 20 Beyond the bounded community: REFLECT in urban settings Anne Jellema and Marc Fiedrich Introduction areas this idea of `belonging' to a place may be weak, contested or altogether absent. That homogeneous, egalitarian communities In Kampala, REFLECT has been adopted by a do not really exist, except in the imagination, is community-based organisation, the Banda not a new insight. The challenge for Community Development Project (BCDP), practitioners of REFLECT, as for other participatory approaches, is how to build with funding from ActionAid. Banda is an common ground out of diverse realities (see informal settlement in a swampy area on the Figure 1). In an urban context, this can be outskirts of the city, with a population of about especially difficult. A look at REFLECT 10,000. Like most informal settlements in Projects in Kampala, Uganda and in Dhaka, African cities, Banda is made up of migrants from all over the country. Although most Bangladesh will highlight some of the people are poor, inequalities among residents problems and also suggest ways forward. The are marked. While some people are refugees key issue, we argue, is enabling facilitators to respond to the informal, improvised survival from the ...

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