Participatory Planning - Main Users / Purpose

files/images_static/user.jpg Social and urban planner, private and public sector expert.

There are various levels or degrees of participation ranging from simple consultation to joint decision making to self-management by stakeholders themselves. Participatory approaches, methods, tools, activities can all contribute towards a more equitable and demand-driven participatory development process. Participation is the key to sustainable development initiatives, since it will lead to:

  • building on existing potentials and capacities, develops a greater sense of ownership on the part of the stakeholders
  • increased commitment to the objectives and outcomes
  • longer term social sustainability
  • increased self-help capacities
  • stronger and more democratic institutions and partnerships