Assessing the level of community participation in health development programmes

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dc.contributor.advisor Cameron, Gerry
dc.coverage.spatial Developing countries
dc.coverage.spatial Nigeria
dc.coverage.spatial Kenya
dc.creator Ngadi, Ihedinma Joy
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:31:32Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:31:32Z
dc.date.issued 1994
dc.identifier.other HN49 C6 N42 1994
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22140
dc.description v, 128 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 119-128).
dc.description.abstract It has been recognised that a number of health development projects and programmes have failed as a result of the unreflecting way in which community members have been left out of development processes and treated as mere recipients. These failures have raised much debate about community participation. Despite the controversy about the meaning and means of achieving community participation, it has been widely recognised and accepted that wider participation of community members in planning, implementation, management and evaluation of projects produces better results in health programmes. Community participation can be assessed by first recognising that participation occurs at different levels and by finding ways of measuring participation. This study examines indicators that have been developed for assessing the level of participation in development projects. Using seven indicators which strongly influence the process of community participation, an analytical framework is presented with which participation is measured. These indicators are; needs assessment, leadership, organization, management, resources mobilization, action orientation and evaluation. An illustration of how the framework might be used is given with two case studies of health projects, one done in Nigeria and the other in Kenya. The method provides a tool to assist those involved in a project to describe participation in such projects and to base future actions on their assessment. The method is descriptive, giving a visual presentation of the participation process. It is demonstrated that the framework is useful in understanding participation as a process.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HN49.C6
dc.subject.lcsh Rural development projects -- Developing countries
dc.subject.lcsh Community health services -- Developing countries -- Citizen participation
dc.subject.lcsh Community health services -- Nigeria -- Citizen participation
dc.subject.lcsh Community health services -- Kenya -- Citizen participation
dc.title Assessing the level of community participation in health development programmes
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in International Development Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline International Development Studies Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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