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Participatory monitoring of sanitation: Wotawati hamlet, Indonesia (PLA 50)

In September 2000, the inhabitants of the Indonesian hamlet of Wotawati evaluated their water supply and sanitation service using a new methodology, the Methodology for Participatory Assessments (MPA), together with the participants of an international workshop on this methodology. The villagers quantified the outcomes of PRA activities with the help of ordinal scales with `mini-scenarios', the scales being gender and poverty specific. The scoring makes it possible to compare progress over time. In 2003, they investigated what had happened in the community three years after the first study. The methodology was the same, but this time they focused only on environmental sanitation in its narrow sense of the replacement of open-air defecation by the installation and use of latrines. This article looks at how villagers realised at least one of their own Millennium Development Goals using this methodology.
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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