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Keywords:

  • economic development;
  • community development;
  • participatory approach;
  • sustainability;
  • international aid;
  • potable water;
  • Guatemala

Abstract

This paper quantifies the impact of external aid channelled through a support agency that practises a participatory approach to development. Researchers compiled completed project data collected from the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Agua del Pueblo and discovered a positive relationship between external funding for water development projects and resulting economic development. This paper discusses the importance of water development as a channel for achieving overall economic development and the importance of the participatory approach for community development projects. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.