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Title:The Participatory Approach: Contradiction and Co-Option in Burkina Faso
Author:Michener, Victoria J.
Periodical:World Development
Geographic term:Burkina Faso
Subjects:community development
popular participation
primary education
nonformal education
Development and Technology
Education and Oral Traditions
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0305-750X(98)00112-0
Abstract:'Participation' has become overwhelmingly popular in recent years without sufficient attention paid to its ambiguities. This paper examines participatory development, first by presenting an overview of types and degrees of participation and then through the analysis of a case study of a community development project in Burkina Faso. It concerns a nonformal education project designed by the Fondation pour le développement communitaire (FDC). The paper articulates the difficulties in implementing the 'genuine' participation which is espoused at academic and policy levels by presenting this case in which different stakeholders (the policymakers, FDC field staff, and the community of target beneficiaries) employ participation to their advantage and the realities of the field act as barriers to participatory development. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.