The advantages and disadvantages of the participatory approach
The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Participatory Approach
Advantages Disadvantages• Sees people as subjects • It is nearly always the (“active agents”) “outsiders” who conduct and interpret the results• Includes a dimension • “People’s own assessment previously not applied on of their own condition can other approaches overlook their objective an (perspective of the poor can be biased as a result of themselves) limited information and social conditioning” (Amartya Sen)
Advantages Disadvantages• Provides a way of solving • Impact of views on projects some of the problems are often remote due to its encountered with the other subjective nature. approaches. • Whose voices are being• Poor people’s views are heard? elicited to shape plans and • Reflective of existing power contribute to relations in a community developmental strategies.
Advantages Disadvantages• Small scale surveys are • Sample size is too small and done on a regular basis not representative• Allows for a timely analysis • Never available nationally and intervention • Time consuming• Cost-effective• Sustainable• Applies a variety of methods that can be used flexibly, according to the situation