Participatory Action Research for Positive Change

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Location InfoSouth Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Description

The Sustainable Tourism Challenge, Zambia

There is a huge contrast between visitors of touristic sites and locals living in the touristic area. Also in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia this problem arises. Locals feel disrespected, have no idea what happens with the pictures tourists make of them and communication remains superficial. Moreover, locals feel they are being exploited by international tourism organisations. They are happy they offer them jobs, however they have to work 6 days per week for a salary that does not suffice, leaving them no chance to develop themselves. The focus of the Sustainable Tourism Challenge is therefore to create together with local stakeholders an intervention that improves intercultural exchange between visitors and locals based on mutual respect and equality and to improve livelihoods of locals living in South Luangwa National Park.

 

Challenge details

The 7Senses Challenge is an intensive 12-week program for students, post-graduates and professionals. In a multi-disciplinary, international team they perform Participatory Action Research in the field to boost community empowerment while at the same time work on their own personal and professional development.

Challenge name Sustainable Tourism Challenge
Start date March 2018
Duration Three months
Status Finished
Country Zambia
Coordinator Geertje Lavrijssen
Number of participants 4
Number of local researchers  2

Each Challenge design starts from a community issue, addressed by its problem owners at location. As such, we make sure the Challenge is based on local demand rather than donor demand. Together with these local stakeholders, we design the Challenge in a way that fits the local context, from the problem framing up to methodology and concept definitions.

Problem Definition
Objective
Main Research Question
Sub Questions
Methods

Which terms should be defined

  • Culture
  • Tourism Industry
  • Sustainability
  • Locals
  • Action Research
  • Mfuwe area
  • Human-animal conflict
  • Challenge
  • Development
  • Village constructions
  • Local norms and values

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Each Challenge delivers direct outcomes for the local community on the addressed issue: we can share how many people have been reached, what their perspective is on the current and desired situation and what final Community Action Plan (CAP) they have co-created and implemented. In a later stage, local stakeholders will evaluate the impact of the CAP.

Current situation (baseline) according to local stakeholders
Desired situation according to local stakeholders
Co-created solution

The impact of this Challenge has not been measured yet. As soon as we have results of the impact measurement, it will be presented here.

 

Team

Geertje Lavrijssen

Coordinator & Action Researcher
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Femke de Groot

Action Researcher
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Frida Heeringa

Action Researcher
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Mitchel Beijer

Action Researcher
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Emma Pierre

Action Researcher
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Elisha Malasha

Action Researcher
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Rabecca Nambeye

Action Researcher
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Sustainable Development Goals

Blogs and reports of the Sustainable Tourism Challenge