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Beyond continuum thinking: participatory development is possible even in wartimes! (PLA 50)

Benedict Korf

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It is often argued that in the immediate aftermath of a disaster or in times of war, participation of local people in planning, implementing and monitoring projects is not feasible due to the pressing needs requiring immediate action and quick impacts. In this article, the author argues that participation is as essential in emergency responses as it is in development cooperation. Participatory approaches in aid interventions can be an important instrument to help build local capacities for development and to re-establish local governance rules, even in times of ongoing civil warfare. Community projects may then become a vehicle to prepare the grounds for more long-term development.

Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board. See: www.planotes.org

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