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ERIC Number: ED438587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun-5
Pages: 20
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Participatory Communication as an Alternative Paradigm for Nutrition Communication in Nepal.
Khadka, Netra B.
The notion of participation of people in their own development has been increasingly gaining momentum as a means of human empowerment and development. Many development scholars and experts have argued that people are the real source of information in their own development, and that their participation is essential across all phases of a development project: planning, implementation, and evaluation. Despite this, many development projects still adhere to donor or program-oriented accountability that largely ignores people's participation in all or most of these phases. This paper, based on field work data collection and analysis of villagers' perceptions of nutrition development communication projects in Nepal, reveals that villagers strongly reject conventional one-way expert-dominated communication, and prefer and support a two-way dialogical participatory communication paradigm. The data collection in the article was undertaken in three districts in which nutrition projects were being conducted; these represented three distinctive ecological zones in Nepal: Nawalparasi (plain areas), Gorkha (hill), and Ramechhap (high hill). The paper also reveals villagers' strong preference for group discussion as a means of facilitating two-way participatory dialogues between a project and villagers in enhancing nutritional well being. Contains 7 notes, 7 tables of data, and 22 references. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nepal