From Clients to Citizens
Alison Mathie, Gordon Cunningham
Communities worldwide act on their own initiative, drawing on their own resources of leadership and solidarity, and in spite of poverty, to achieve their own goals. Development practitioners have too often viewed poor communities as helpless and disadvantaged, and have encouraged their dependency. Y...
Springs of Participation
Learning from others in the form of fusion and adaptation of existing tools and approaches is very much part of evolving new participatory methods, and is a key component of the process of creating fresh approaches to new challenges. Springs of Participation brings together the experiences and refle...
Learning Endogenous Development
Endogenous development places the major importance in working with local communities on using people's own resources, strategies, and initiatives as the basis for their development. It considers not only the material, but also the socio-cultural and the spiritual resources of people, in order to bro...
Voices from the Margins
Roger Lewins, Stuart Coupe, Francis Murray
Describes the work of Practical Action in introducing consensus-based planning approaches in villages that are poor even by Bangladesh standards, where 90 per cent of people live under the poverty line and over 60 per cent are illiterate. These methods work on raising the voice and confidence of the...
Communities and Communication
Patrick Wakely, Elizabeth Riley
The current paradigm of partnership in urban development and management is widely used and accepted but there is little understanding of what makes partnerships work or fail. The broad premise that underpins this book is that a partnership is a relationship based on an agreement to share both benefi...
Indigenous Knowledge Inquiries
Paul Sillitoe, Peter Dixon, Julian Barr
This manual is for development programme managers and project leaders who wish to incorporate an indigenous knowledge element into their work. The guidelines acknowledge that the design and management of IK-informed projects involve making decisions about many closely interrelated issues. They take...
Practitioners and Poverty Alleviation
How can we ensure effective action on urban poverty? How do we bridge the gap between practitioners and those deciding policy? There is a serious communication gap between those at the top who formulate policy and those below who implement it. This book looks at how development institutions are tryi...
This book takes Amartya Sen's concept of development as freedom and applies it, for the first time, to the challenges of urban development across the globe. Cities are the crucial battleground for the future: they can either become settlements of intense poverty and community conflict or the centres...
Pathways to Participation
'Participation' may have become a buzzword of development practice but the pathways of current enthusiasm for participatory methods stretch back over decades. The most popularly recognized and widely used participatory approach, Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), had its genesis in the late 1980s....
Voices for Change
Voices for Change: Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation in China