Participatory development approaches need participatory management! (PLA 61)
Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) is a radically different way to help rural villages become and stay safe from the dangers of their own shit. CLTS requires field staff to become both provocative and participatory facilitators of complex individual and collective behaviour change processes. For field staff to develop into skilful CLTS facilitators, they will require different training and ongoing support from their local managers than they have traditionally been provided with. The directive management style that has historically dominated must evolve into a more conducive coaching management style. But will front-line managers come to recognise this need to work differently with their field staff? Can they independently develop the attitudes and skills required to be more participatory and strategic managers? This article seeks to engage people who provide technical support to field-level CLTS managers, as a means of enhancing their capacity for management of their facilitators and programmes more broadly. The article shares the author’s own trial and error experience providing technical support to 12 local government CLTS management teams in Malawi. The article might facilitate other technical support providers to be ignited with a desire to change their own style of support for the better.
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
Article in: PLA 61. Guest-edited by: Petra Bongartz, Samuel Musembi Musyoki, Angela Milligan and Holly Ashley.
Keywords: CLTS, Community-Led Total Sanitation, water, hygiene, Kamal Kar, health, PRA, scaling up, policy, triggering, training, facilitation.
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