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Making financial training fun: the CAMPFIRE game (PLA 55)

In: PLA 55 Practical tools for community conservation in southern Africa.
Guest editors: Brian Child and Brian Jones.

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This article provides an important example of management tools for community-based natural resource management (CBNRM). Sam Murinye, Lilian Goredema and Ivan Bond describe how the ‘CAMPFIRE Game’ was developed to make financial training fun and help communities learn and practice using cash books, receipts and various forms of financial analysis. However, we note that keeping accurate sets of accounts is only one component of financial accountability: social accountability through full participation in agreeing annual priorities and budgets, and through regular (quarterly) feedback of financial and technical reporting is even more important.

Keywords: CBNRM, conservation, policy, poverty, marketing, tourism, quota setting, revenue distribution, monitoring, mapping, theatre, finance, training.

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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