Why Fixing Malawi’s Water Crisis Depends on Participatory Development
A Skoll blog featuring the Water For People Malawi team’s work on participatory development for improved water service. Curbing political interference and establishing a Water Users Association in a Low-Income Area in Blantyre improved governance and water service – from 53.8 to 98.6% in 18 months.
It’s become clear that the participation of local people and community organizations in the design and implementation of service delivery models is critical for success. Top-down, technocratic development often fails. An alternative, participatory development philosophy has emerged in its place with the assertion that local people understand their needs and what solutions are likely to work.
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