February 26, 2005

2005: Highlight # 18

Every development project strives for participatory planning and implementation; but is the "community" always willing to "participate"? Vadivelu raises an important question...

Choosing 'not' to Participate

Evidence from Drought Prone Area Program (DPAP) in Chitradurga, Karnataka

G. Anand Vadivelu

Based on a five village study in Chitradurga, Karnataka, the paper outlines the constraints that government programs face in institutionalizing participation in watershed management.

It shows that in absence of proper incentives/ disincentives people choose not to participate in the 'processes' of participatory planning and management of watersheds. The government officials too find out alternate mechanisms to meet the requirements of the guidelines.

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