First Advisor

Jeff Unsicker


This Capstone paper is a case analysis that applies theories of participatory development to a community-based AIDS education project in Phayao, Thailand. It describes how this rural media project was initiated in the context of the global and Thai AIDS epidemics. The paper includes a description of each phase of the project and analysis of these phases in relation to the levels of participation of project organizers, staff and target groups. On the basis of observations, interviews with project members and literature review, recommendations are made for improvements which would strengthen the participatory aspect of the model. Development workers, particularly those in the field of health promotion, can use these findings to increase participation of rural villagers in the planning, implementation and evaluation of health education programs.


International Public Health