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Participatory quantification in the water and sanitation sector

Participatory learning and action (PLA) approaches can enable local people, rural or urban, to undertake their own appraisal, analysis, action, monitoring, and evaluation of water and sanitation services. Additionally, it can empower women, poor people, and disadvantaged people, giving them more control over their lives. However, participatory methods can take much time and often generate qualitative information that is difficult to compare and analyse. For this reason, the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) of the World Bank and the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre carried out a global study to design and test a new methodology, the Methodology for Participatory Assessment (MPA). This builds on the advantages of PLA approaches but also allows the results to be quantified, compared, and statistically analysed. This article outlines the MPA, its potential usefulness for both community members and organisations providing water services, and some of the concerns and problems associated with its use. [authors abstract]

TitleParticipatory quantification in the water and sanitation sector
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsWijk-Sijbesma, C.A. van, Postma, L., Otte, C.
Secondary TitlePLA notes : notes on participatory learning and action (formerly RRA notes)
Volumeno. 47
Paginationp. 13 - 18; 1 box., 4 photogr., 2 tab.
Date Published2003-08-01
PublisherInternational Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Place PublishedLondon, UK
Keywordscapacity building, community participation, cost benefit analysis, demand responsive approaches, evaluation, gender, methodology, research, sanitation, sdicap, sdipar, sustainability, water resources management, water supply
Abstract

Participatory learning and action (PLA) approaches can enable local people, rural or urban, to undertake their own appraisal, analysis, action, monitoring, and evaluation of water and sanitation services. Additionally, it can empower women, poor people, and disadvantaged people, giving them more control over their lives. However, participatory methods can take much time and often generate qualitative information that is difficult to compare and analyse. For this reason, the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) of the World Bank and the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre carried out a global study to design and test a new methodology, the Methodology for Participatory Assessment (MPA). This builds on the advantages of PLA approaches but also allows the results to be quantified, compared, and statistically analysed. This article outlines the MPA, its potential usefulness for both community members and organisations providing water services, and some of the concerns and problems associated with its use. [authors abstract]

NotesWith bibliography on p. 18
Custom 1202.3, 302.3

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