In this video, Dr Robert Chambers outlines both the benefits and dangers of using Participatory GIS (PGIS) in development evaluation.
Some of the key points he raises are:
- The potential for PGIS is great however it is predicated on the quality of the practice.
- The ethical commitments of those implementing PGIS are essential.
- Lenders and donors must not demand it on a huge scale
- Training is essential and should not be rushed
The embedding of a series of questions; the who gains and who loses questions; whose map is it and who keeps it is essential
Some of the dangers discussed were:
- Taking peoples time without any recompense.
- Raising people’s expectations beyond what is achievable.
- Endangering or disempowering the people through the information that they share which can be used against them.
- Generating conflicts within or between communities.