About the author: Ambe J. Njoh, Associate Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida St. Petersburg received a PhD in Planning from the University of London, England. He is the author of three other books, including Interorganizational Relations and Effectiveness in Planning and Administration in Developing Countries (Mellen 1997), and more than two dozen articles
2003 0-7734-6896-X This study adds to the sparse literature on the role of citizens in the development process. It examines the concept of community participation from practical and theoretical perspectives, and describes the experience of six villages in Cameroon with their respective water supply initiatives.. It focuses on the community participation element in each case, and explores questions regarding the project’s impact, as well as major constraints encountered during the course of the project. It also contains a discussion of the relationship between the state and rural communities and its role in rural development in Cameroon.