Why use participatory methods?
Participatory methods have succeeded where other strategies have
failed. They are based on principles of adult education and have been
Field experience has shown that participatory methods can lead
to a far more rewarding experience for community workers. Having tried
participatory techniques and found the experience worthwhile, community workers
usually do not want to return to their earlier methods.
The activities in this guide are based on principles of
participatory learning for sanitation change. These principles are explained in
a companion volume in this series entitled The PHAST initiative:
Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation. A new approach to working
with communities. (See