Facilitating Change Across Cultures
Lessons from international development
This book asks readers to reflect on their own roles, values and power as facilitators in international and community development, in order to strengthen practice in cross-cultural or multi-cultural contexts.
Perceptions about change and facilitation vary between cultures, so facilitators need to understand the specifics in each context to inform practice. The book offers practical ways to facilitate change, which celebrate cultural expression and the value of diverse ideas. This supports increasing the voice and power of people in countries where values differ from those in donor countries, recognising that facilitators play a crucial translation role across cultures.
The chapters set out a framework to maximise shared understanding, trust and relevance of facilitation. They explore methods which maximise cultural expression and ways to undertake predominant methods differently. Recognising realities associated with power inequality, conflict and the obsession with ‘results’ in western cultures, the book offers suggestions to maximise culturally-savvy approaches. The book draws from research and evidence in various disciplines and complements other guides on political economy analysis and making change happen, by taking a specific focus through a cultural values lens.
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'At a time when polarisation and nationalism are on the rise it is important to redouble efforts to enable cross-cultural dialogue and exchange. Deborah Rhodes' timely new book provides a rich source of practical ideas and experience which will be of great interest to those engaging in such vital endeavours.'
Professor Chris Roche, Director Institute for Human Security and Social Change, La Trobe University, Australia
Deborah Rhodes is an international development practitioner, author, and trainer with 35 years of experience largely in Pacific and Asian countries, specialising in topics including working across cultures, capacity development, disability inclusion and strengths-based approaches.