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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 6 An introduction to Participatory Action Development (PAD)


Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 6 An introduction to Participatory Action Development (PAD) Marc Lammerink, Peter Bury and Eveline Bolt Introduction History Involving people in the analysis of problems Various trends have contributed to the that affect them and in the design of potential evolution of concepts and practices of solutions is a good way to achieve sustainable Participatory Action Development development. Although more time consuming (Lammerink and Wolffers, 1998). The first is than traditional development approaches that an ongoing debate about the sociology of rely on `blueprint' plans and development knowledge (Habermas, 1971). In this debate, experts, participatory approaches generally the view of society, human order and human lead to development efforts that are sustainable history are presented from the point of view of over the long term because the people the marginalised, the workers, the poor and the themselves have a stake in their success. deprived, as opposed to the dominant form of knowledge produced and articulated An approach to community water management throughout history from the point of view of requires a methodology that is sufficiently the rulers. flexible and compatible to enable rural communities and support organisations to The second trend came from the work ...

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