Participatory Planning: Ending The Controversies

Sulemana, Mohammed and Ngah, Ibrahim (2012) Participatory Planning: Ending The Controversies. European Journal of Social Sciences , 28 (1). pp. 24-34. ISSN 1450-2267

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The widespread adoption of the language of participation across a spectrum of institutions, from radical NGOs to local government bodies to the World Bank, raises questions about what exactly this much-used buzzword has come to mean. An infinitely malleable concept, ‘participation’ can be used to evoke – and to signify – almost anything that involves people. As such, it can easily be reframed to meet almost any demand made of it. So many claims to ‘doing participation’ are now made that the term has become mired in a morass of competing referents (Cornwall, 2008:269). Although “participation” is now widely endorsed as an essential component of sustainable development, there is less consensus about what it means and how to achieve it. Participation means different and answers the question what participation actually mean in contemporary times. It concludes by suggesting that there are seven (7) questions to ask whether a process is participatory or not.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: participation, planning, community, development, deprived
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Urban and Regional Planning
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 05:46
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2014 02:56

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