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This publication documents the community participation and planning process used in developing the baseline data in the first year of a five year WASH program in South Africa. It reviews the work with four of the five partner organisations in an Australian African Community Engagement Scheme (AACES) in South Africa. The partners are all based in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

The document covers the baseline research process and early implementation phase, provides a record of learning and reflections from the partner organisations, and captures the diverse methods and different techniques used to facilitate community consultations.

The document is one of a number of publications highlighting NGO good practice and innovations from partner organisations supported by Oxfam in South Africa.

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