International Conference on Rain Water Cistern Systems
Manila , Philipines
- August, 1989
B: Community Participation
In Water Supply (Costa Rica)
FUNDATEC, Instituto Tenologico de Costa Rica.
Over the years, International Aid Agencies and government organizations in
developing. countries have come to realize the importance of community participation
in water supply and sanitation projects. In spite of this, important questions
such as how to motivate communities or who or what contributions and responsibilities
should they assume, remain only partially resolved.
From its inception, IRDC's Handpump Programme has encouraged research in this
area of community participation, as it considers it an essential component in
going from pilot research projects to widescale dissemination of water supply
and sanitation technologies.
Between 1988 and 1988, the Centre supported a project in Costa Rica. This project
looked into the adoption of the UNIMADE handpump to the Costa Rica environment.
As part of this project, a number of participatory strategies (in response to
the needs that were being encountered) was developed. These focused on community
organization, health and hygiene education, and pump installation and maintenance.
Based upon this experience, these strategies have been adapted to include the
participation of villagers as instructors in the social and technical aspects
of the introduction and use of water supply technologies in other communities
of the country.
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