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Participatory approaches in urban areas : strengthening civil society or reinforcing the status quo ?


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Author(s) : Diana Mitlin ; John Thompson
Source : Environment and Urbanization, Volume : 7 Number : 1 Page : 231 — 250


The paper examines current experiences with the use of participatory methodologies in low-income urban communities. It outlines the nature and development of participatory approaches and describes experiences, prospects and problems related to their use in an urban context. Three case examples from the UK, Sri Lanka, and India and South Africa demonstrate how innovative approaches are being used by different agencies to strengthen and support the activities of community based organizations. Finally, the paper concludes with a number of broad questions about the future application of participatory approaches in low-income urban communities.