Reasons for the participatory approach
Families participate in the programme voluntarily and the programme is not imposed.
- To ensure that accountability and responsibility reside in the beneficiary families. An underlying principle of sustainable development is the empowerment of individuals to take charge of their own development.
- To engender ownership. Families identify their needs and set their own objectives and participate in the decision making (planning and management of the family plan).
- To enhance the lobbying power of families and communities. Poor people tend to be voiceless or have a weak voice in decision-making on issues that concern their lives. When mobilised and supported, families are able to lobby government and development agencies for developmental support that is relevant to their needs and circumstances, rather than supply driven interventions.
- To harness family initiative and strengths.
- To enhance motivation and enthusiasm.
- To broaden family support and maximise the impact of development. Intervention levels start from an individual through to the communal level.