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The World Bank Participation Sourcebook

Published Date: 5 March 2008

Participation is a rich concept that means different things to different people in different settings. For some, it is a matter of principle; for others, a practice; and for still others, an end in itself. All these interpretations have merit. The World Bank Participation Sourcebook, however, follows the definition of participation adopted by the Bank's Learning Group on Participatory Development:

Participation is a process through which stakeholders influence and share control over development initiatives and the decisions and resources which affect them.

Trying to discover how this could be achieved, the Sourcebook is not a policy document on participation; nor is it to be read cover to cover. It also does not seek to persuade anyone (other than through example) to use participatory approaches. It is primarily intended for readers who have already decided to use participatory approaches in their professional work.

You can read the full report here

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