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* The indispensable follow-up to Reasons for Hope
* Recommends action to improve rural living standards
From an outside perspective that contrasts the personal, firsthand views of the first text, the authors impart critical, dynamic ideas for improving the lives of those in rural communities. They contend that real progress depends less on money alone, and more upon passionate ideas, acting on those ideas through leadership, and implementing appropriate methods for change.
1) Why Rural Development Remains Important; 2) Learning Process and Assisted Self-Reliance; 3) Initiation and Leadership; 4) Local Organization and Participation; 5) Management, Planning, and Implementation; 6) Technology and Training; 7) Information as a Management Tool; 8) Utilization of External Assistance; 9) Dealing with Government and Politics; 10) Success and Sustainability