Ideas for Development

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"In Ideas for Development, Robert Chambers, one of the critical optimists of international development, points to the scope that all development actors have to find good things to do. He argues that practical potentials can be found in ideas and aspects of development that have previously been overlooked, undervalued or misunderstood. Each chapter presents and reviews one of his earlier writings, examines subsequent and contemporary experience, and then derives a wealth of conclusions and implications for the future. The many ideas and opportunities include: narrowing the gaps between words and actions; reducing demands on administrative capacity; using minimum rules, non-negotiables and downward accountability to transform power relations; finding new potentials for participation; improving scaling up; critical reflection and experiential learning; complementing rights-based with obligations-based approaches; pro-poor realism; and responsible well-being." Ideas for Development is for all who are concerned with development, regardless of profession, discipline or organization. Especially it is for policy-makers, practitioners, managers, consultants, researchers, teachers, trainers and students, and those who work in aid agencies, governments, universities and colleges, NGOs and the private sector. Readers are invited to use and improve on the ideas in the book, and to take forward the conclusions that more can be done than many development actors realize, and that in the end it is action that counts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844070879
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Chambers is Research Associate, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex and the author of Participatory Workshops (2002)

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Table of Contents

1 Words and ideas : commitment, continuity and irreversibility 1
2 Aid and administrative capacity 30
3 Procedures, principles and power 54
4 Participation : review, reflections and future 86
5 PRA, participation and going to scale 119
6 Behaviour, attitudes and beyond 156
7 For our future : responsible well-being : a personal agenda for development 184
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