UCT School of Architecture and Planning Workshop on participatory planning

By: Developmental Services  11-11-2011
Keywords: Development Planning


The workshop sets out to:

Explore why planners want people to participate in planning

Examine the different discourses around participation and the history of participation in development planning

Highlight the emerging critiques of participatory approaches

Examine a case study of a flawed participatory planning process that resulted in unintended consequences

Critically examine the concept of "community" and explore gender and power relations that are often overlooked in in participatory planning processes

Examine what is involved in designing a participatory planning process

Programme outline

8:30 Who's who?
9:00 Overview of the day
9:15 Why do we want people to participate in planning?
9:45 Understanding different conceptions of 'participation'
10:30 Break
10:45 Good intentions - unintended consequences: The case of Joe Slovo
11:45 Unbundling 'community' - managing complexity
12:30 Reflection
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Participatory planning - approaches, tools and techniques - an introduction
2:45 Planning simulation - developing a process map
3:30 Break
3:45 Process map reviews
4:15 Summary and evaluation

Suggested readings

Barberton, C. 1998. Obstacles to effective participation by poor people, in Creating Action Space, edited by C. Barberton, M. Blake and H. Kotz�. Cape Town: IDASA: 244-271.

Chambers, R. 1995. Paradigm Shifts and the Practices of Participatory Research and Development, in Power and Participatory Development: Theory and Practice edited by N. Nelson, and S. Wright, London:ITDG:30-42.

Cleaver, F. 2002. Institutions, Agency and the Limitations of Participatory Approaches to Development. in Participation: the New Tyranny? edited by B. Cooke and U. Kothari Pp. London:ZED:36-55.

Cooke, B and Kothari, U. 2002. The Case for Participation as Tyranny, in Participation: the New Tyranny? Edited by B. Cooke and U. Kothari. London:ZED: 1-15.

Le Roux, A. 1998. The challenge of community participation, in Creating Action Space, edited by C. Barberton, M. Blake and H. Kotz�. Cape Town: IDASA: 107-135.

Mosse, D. 2002. "People's Knowledge", Participation and Patronage: Operations and Representations in Rural Development, in Participation: the New Tyranny? edited by B. Cooke and U. Kothari. London:ZED: 16-35.

Nelson, N. and Wright, S. 1995. Participation and power, in Power and Participatory Development: Theory and Practice edited by N. Nelson, and S. Wright. London:ITDG

Peters, P. 2000. Introduction, in Development Encounters: Sites of Participation and Knowledge, edited by P. Peters. Harvard Institute for International Development: 3-14.

Pretty, N. Guijt, I. Thompson, J and Scoones, I. 1995. Participatory learning and action � A trainer�s guide. London:IIED: 54-71

Rahnema, M. 1992. Participation, in The Development Dictionary edited by W. Sachs. London:Zed: 116-131

Thomas-Slayter, B. 1995. A brief history of participatory methodologies, in Power, Process and Participation � Tools for Change, edited byR. Slocum, L. Wichhart, D. Rocheleau and B. Thomas Slayter London:ITDG:9-16

Wates, N. 2000. The Community Planning Handbook. Earthscan. London

Additional online resources

(undated) Participation 'with Justice and Dignity': Beyond 'the New Tyranny'. Peace Studies. University of Bradford

. 2002. Relaxed and participatory appraisal. IDS Participation Resource Centre

Making a difference? Gender and participatory development. IDS discussion paper 378. Sussex:Institute of Development Studies.

From users and choosers to makers and shapers: repositioning participation in social policy. IDS discussion paper 127. Sussex:Institute of Development Studies.

Participation in development: Tracks and traces, in Currents 28. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. August 2002.

. 2003. Relocating participation within a radical politics of development: Citizenship and critical modernism. Draft working paper prepared for conference on Participation: From Tyranny to Transformation: Exploring new approaches to participation in development. 27-28 February 2003. University of Manchester

(undated) Tyrannies of transformation - a post structural and spatialised understanding of empowerment through participation. Draft paper for Development and Change.

Concepts of citizenship: a review. IDS development bibliography 19. Sussex:Institute of Development Studies.

Ward planning manual for Mangaung Local Municipality. Khanya Managing Rural Change cc. Bloemfontein.

. The urban environment and participatory planning in Quito's Barrios Populares. Paper presented at the 1997Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference.

Keywords: Development Planning

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