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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 12 Only playing with beans? Participatory approaches in large-scale government programmes

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 12 Only playing with beans?Participatory approaches in large-scale government programmes Christoph Backhaus and Rukman Wagachchi Introduction Considering the high expectations on the one hand and the speed of this transfer on the other, there is a high risk that donors and Participation has been on the agenda of rural implementing agencies alike will sooner or development for many years. However, in later conclude that bottom-up approaches do mainstream government rural development not work and the idea might be abandoned programmes and projects this has in the past again before it has ever had a fair chance to often been either mere lip-service or it has prove itself. only meant that villagers were asked to contribute to the implementation of projects In this article we describe the experiences of with their own resources. It has seldom Sri Lanka's North Western Province Dry Zone resulted in the active involvement of Participatory Development Project (DZP) in beneficiaries in decision-making about their transferring participatory approaches from one own development process. institutional culture to another. The success of participatory approaches have to date mainly been reported in the context of Sri Lanka's North Western non-government projects. More recently, in ...

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