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Title: Community participation and rural water supply : a case study in Antananarivo province, Madagascar : the case of Ampary fokontany
Author: Rakotondrainibe, S. H.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1995
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The water supply in rural areas in developing countries has attracted the interest of the international development community since over two decades. However, the problems of the rural water supply sector seem not to have changed: the sector still remains relegated to the second place in public investment programmes in most developing countries; still over half of the rural application do not have access to safe water; broken down or badly-functioning water supplies litter the rural landscape of many developing countries. Different alternatives have been promoted with a view to extending rural water supply coverage, and more importantly to ensuring the sustainability of the completed projects. A common denominator in these alternatives is the search for the participation of the projects' intended beneficiaries. The participatory approach has become an overriding principle of the development policy of the rural water supply sector. The economic climate which has reduced the ability, or has, in reality, rendered national governments unable to provide or subsidise water supply services to rural areas also underlies the promotion of the approach. In such a situation, the consideration of the desirability and applicability of the approach in particular contexts, tends to be neglected. The case study suggests that participation is no panacea. More important is the contextual conditions of the application of the participatory approach. A project cannot constitute a framework for promoting meaningful participation. The main concern of the implementing agency involved is bound to get a water supply project completed. Participation is seen as a means to achieve this objective; the project's intended beneficiaries are used as input.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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