Challenges and lessons learnt from a sanitation project in rural Bolivia

Katherine A. Snyder, Andrea F. Corral, Gwendolyn J. Woods, Andrea Prichard, Melissa Montgomery, Vasiliki Karanikola

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The University of Arizona chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA has faced multiple challenges involving community participation in rural development, in the Andean community of Marquirivi, Bolivia, both in rural design and in community participation. Despite successful construction of a shower house in 2014, the EWB-USA UA team experience with community participation revealed the numerous complexities involved in engaging successfully with communities. The importance of previous aid in a community with development projects also emerged as critical in shaping actions. This article discusses lessons learnt and recommendations for rural infrastructure projects, as well as the EWB-USA model of sustainable development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)911-921
Number of pages11
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 3 2018


  • Aid–Capacity development, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Civil society–Participation
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Social sector–Water and sanitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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