PLA 35: Community Water Management
The special theme section of this issue of Participatory Learning and Action focuses on community management of water systems.
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Guest Editors: Marc P. Lammerink and Dick de Jong
The theme section of this edition shares the lessons learned from a challenging participatory action research programme that sought to improve rural communities' management of their water supply systems.
This programme, known as the PAR-Manage project, ran in six countries: Cameroon, Colombia, Guatemala, Kenya, Nepal and Pakistan. This issue presents the outcome and progress to date of the project, which was undertaken for the International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC), based in The Netherlands.
This issue also includes four general articles:
- The first article discusses the use of video in South Africa. The video was used to help identify the development priorities of 14 villages.
- The second article looks at how PRA can be employed in conflict situations, showing its use in Cameroon's Waza National Park to deal with sensitive information on illegal park exploitation.
- A further article highlights a method for participatory evaluation called the project benefit-impact matrix, and shows its use within the context of a project evaluation in the Maldives.
- The final article reviews the use of complementary methods to understand land use changes, with an example from the Ethiopian Rift Valley.
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We live on prayers: the use of video in community development
Hilde Van Vlaenderen
Walking a tightrope: using PRA in a conflict situation around Waza National Park, Cameroon
Paul Scholte, Saleh Adam, Saidou Kari and Jean-Hilaire Mbouchel
Project benefit-impact matrix from the Maldives - a method for participatory evaluation
Neela Mukherjee, Mohammed Zahid, Aminath Lateefa and Mohammed Rasheed
Complementary methods to understand land-Use changes: an example from the Ethiopian Rift Valley
Michele Nori, Adane Hirpa and Giovanni A. Ferrari
Community water management
Strengthening community water management
Marc P. Lammerink, Eveline Bot, Dick de Jong and Ton Schouten
An introduction to participatory action development (PAD)
Marc Lammerink, Peter Bury and Eveline Bolt
A Detailed look at the PAD approach
Marc P. Lammerink
Aguacatán in Guatemala: how seven communities joined hands
Fabián Gonón Ortiz, Carlos Simón Perén, Milagro Escobar and Jaime Pacajoj Cifuentes
Women's involvement: a switch in thinking, Hoto, Pakistan
Nahida Aziz and Sarah Halvorson
Convincing people to pay for water: Nkouondja in Cameroon
AndrewTayong and Christine Poubom
Experimenting to solve water management problems: Lele community in Nepal
Raju Khadka, Laxmi Paudyal and Hari Subba
Sparkling ideas in Campoalegre, Colombia: managing the watershed to sustain the water supply
Cecilia Gomez B. and Alfonzo Rojas P.
What stimulating and committed leadership can achieve: Nkouondja, Cameroon
Andrew Tayong and Christine Poubom
Pakora in Pakistan: moving towards democratic management
Tameez Ahmad and Haider Raza
Participatory evaluation of a community water project in Tanzania
Kate Forrester Kiguga, Simon Bibby and Alfred Sakafu
Lessons learned by communities and the PAR team - Nepal
Raju Khadka and Laxmi Paudyal
PAR outcomes; Nyakerato in Kenya
Isaack Oenga and Pauline Ikumi
Feedback: Learning from using PRA in the UK - examples from Berkshire
Anneli Connold and John Rowley
Tips for trainers: 'But why?'