International Conference on Rain Water Cistern Systems
Manila , Philipines
- August, 1989
B: Community Participation
Strategies For Overcoming
The Obstacle Associated With “Software” Aspects Of Rainwater Catchment
During the last decade, significant progress has been made in rainwater catchment
systems "hardware", namely in the development of low cost appropriate
tank designs and construction techniques. Most of this work has been well documented
and is available to fieldworkers throughout the world.
Strategies for overcoming the obstacles associated with the "software"
aspects o€ rainwater catchment implementation have been less well documented.
These include ways of tackling a lack of awareness, motivation, organization skills
and resources amongst communities at grassroots level. Approaches to overcoming
these obstacles, such as conducting preliminary surveys, promoting awareness and
interest in rainwater collection, setting up organizational framework, arranging
training courses and developing techniques for raising funds from both within
and beyond the community are considered in this paper. Features common to successful
project implementation strategies are outlined and case studies from Kenya, Botswana
and Thailand are cited. In the global context, the need to promote interest and
awareness in the potential benefits of rainwater catchment technology extends
far beyond the need for pure community involvement and includes marketing the
technology to government agencies and major international funding bodies. In order
to secure the substantial external support needed by poorer communities to subsidize
improvements in their water supplies, project proposals have to be presented in
a way that donors can manage. Considerable coordination between different projects
may be needed to secure this support.
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