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Title:Maximising Comparative Advantage in a Partnership: A Sanitation Project in Umkhanyakude District Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal
Authors:Jaffe, Alan
Dartnell, Liz
Torr, Louise
Geographic terms:Natal
South Africa
Subjects:community development
popular participation
regional plans
water supply
Urbanization and Migration
Health and Nutrition
Development and Technology
Abstract:The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) facilitated the Masijuleke Water and Sanitation Project, a project for integrated and sustained water and environmental sanitation services amongst disadvantaged communities in the Umkhanyakude District of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The objectives of the project were to increase opportunities for community participation in water and environmental sanitation; improve the capacity of health development workers to facilitate community-based activities; and increase community access to water and sanitation activities at community and household level. The present paper examines the setting up of the plan, its initial progress, putting into practice of the plan, the challenges that arose, and the way forward. The paper concludes that projects designed, implemented, monitored and evaluated with full participation of the target communities at all stages have better chances of success and sustainability. This process enhances community ownership of the initiative and enables communities to take responsibility for their own development. However, projects are dynamic and leaders must be prepared to adapt the project plan according to the environmental situation and to emerging community needs. Ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]