Some lessons learned from engaging in WaSH participatory action research in Melanesian informal settlements

Dani Barrington, Katherine Shields, Stephen Saunders, Semisi Meo, Srinivas Sridharan, Regina Souter, Jamie Bartram

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Abstract

In Melanesian countries there has been a large flux of people from rural to urban and peri-urban areas, resulting an in increased number living in informal settlements. These settlements often lack connections to mains water and sewerage lines and formal solid waste collection. Our project used a participatory action research (PAR) approach to work in partnership with informal settlement communities and enabling actors to achieve the self-determined WaSH conditions which participants felt would improve the well-being of those living in informal settlements. Because the PAR approach encourages reflection
and adaptation, we learned lessons that were incorporated into the design of ongoing and future processes, and this paper presents five such lessons which we judge to be of practical use for WaSH enabling actors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 40th WEDC International Conference
PublisherLoughborough University
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event40th Water Engineering and Development Centre International Conference - Loughborough, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Jul 201728 Jul 2017
Conference number: 40

Conference

Conference40th Water Engineering and Development Centre International Conference
Abbreviated titleWEDC
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLoughborough
Period24/07/1728/07/17

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    Barrington, D., Shields, K., Saunders, S., Meo, S., Sridharan, S., Souter, R., & Bartram, J. (2017). Some lessons learned from engaging in WaSH participatory action research in Melanesian informal settlements. In Proceedings of the 40th WEDC International Conference Loughborough University. http://wedc.lboro.ac.uk/resources/conference/40/Barrington-2643.pdf