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Effective Community Participation in Coastal Development

Golam M. Mathbor

Publication Date - July 2008

ISBN: 9780190616205

144 pages
6 x 8.8 inches


Community participation and local commitment are crucial for effective coastal development projects. This book carefully examines and offers a model of community participation that incorporates both program officials and local people's perspectives on coastal development. Mathbor's work is unique in that it is informed by the experience of international development, as well as by the context and perspective of the developing world.


  • Utilizes qualitative methods and the grounded theory approach to capture the individual experience of community participation
  • Shares a facilitative model for coastal development projects that emphasizes both "bottom up" and "top down" approaches
  • Ties the theory and philosophy behind community participation to a practical model and real-world case studies

About the Author(s)

Golam M. Mathbor (LLB, University of Dhaka; MSW, McGill University; PhD, University of Calgary) is associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and associate professor in the Department of Social Work at Monmouth University. He grew up in the coastal regions of Bangladesh. Professor Mathbor has published on disaster relief, community preparedness, social development, coastal zone management, migration, health, economics, and international social work education.

Table of Contents

    About the Author
    Chapter One: Introduction
    Chapter Two: Understanding Community Participation
    Chapter Three: The Method
    Chapter Four: The Context
    Chapter Five: Similarities and Differences in Coastal Community Participation
    Chapter Six: A Typology of Community Participation
    Chapter Seven: Conclusion