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Participation, land acquisition, power analysis (PLA 44)
When deciding the placement of a flood protection barrier in Bangladesh, the local people were consulted to decide on the best route to avoid good agricultural land, and how to compensate those farmers that did lose out. The author notes that although participation may add to the initial cost of a project, it increases long-term sustainability.
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This article was published in PLA 44: Local Government and Participation (June 2002).
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