chapter  7
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Building Government Capacity: The Collaborative Hengxian Integrated Approach to Rural Reconstruction

ByZhang Lanying

This case study describes the experience of the Collaborative Hengxian Integrated Approach to Rural Reconstruction (CHINARR) project conducted in Hengxian County, Guangxi in 1994-2000.1 The fundamental aim of the CHINARR project was to gain a better understanding of the dynamic relations between local government, service agencies and communities. This case study thus provides detailed experiences relevant for capacity building in community participation. The information which follows in this chapter provides a range of lessons on community participation by analysing key aspects of the project – in particular, the capacity building of government and village stakeholders, their roles and relationships, and the process of establishing and sustaining participatory processes.2