People First A Guide to Self-Reliant Participatory Rural Development

ISBN-10: 1856490823

ISBN-13: 9781856490825

Edition: 1993 (Reprint)

Authors: Stan Burkey

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This down-to-earth book is aimed at Third World development staff involved in working with the rural poor and draws on the author's own field experience in Africa and Asia. The book is also relevant to non-field staff and, indeed, students of development generally, who want to understand what participatory development is, how it differs from the more conservative process of simply trying to involve people in already decided development projects, and the practicalities of how a non-government organisation (NGO) can go about its work without taking over and manipulating the local people.People First presents a coherent methodology for achieving development based on principles of conscientisation, local control, co-operation and self-reliance. It emphasises the importance of women participating fully, and of getting the economics of a project right, if it is to be of real benefit to local people and successfully sustained. The author also believed that field experience and theoretical understanding must be integrated so that change agents and development workers can situate their work in an awareness of both the nature of poverty and competing views of the development process.Conscious of the frequent co-option of the idea of participation by official development agencies, and of the other pitfalls that participatory development can run into, the author provides a hard-headed and practical education about the role of change agents; their recruitment training and support; how to get started; working with groups; handling relations with government officials and local power holders; and a full range of other relevant issues.
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List price: $50.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Zed Books, Limited
Publication date: 8/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Understanding Poverty
Basic Needs and Poverty
What are the Causes of Poverty?
Analysing Poverty
What is Development?
Theories of Development
Recent Trends in Development Thinking
Development from Below - People First
Self-Reliant Participatory Development
What is a Community?
Social and Cultural Change
What is Self-Reliance?
What do We Mean by Participation?
Participatory Development and the Time Factor
Agents of Change
What Part can Development Agencies Play?
What is a Change Agent?
The Role
Formal Qualifications
The Staying Power of Change Agents
The Training and Support of Change Agents
Participatory Training
Follow-up and Support
Organisation and Leadership
Getting Started
Preparatory Studies
Planning and Proposals
Programme Monitoring
Working with People
The Dialogical Method
What is an Interest Group?
How Groups are Formed
Group Activities
Common Causes of Failure
Summing Up
External Relationships: Inside Looking Out
Local Elites and the Power Structure
Government Officials
Combining with Other Groups
Dilemmas of Participatory Development
Savings, Credit and Inputs: Essential Components
Factors of Production
External Credit
Donations and Matching Grants
Introducing New Technologies
Objectives and Principles of Self-Reliant Participatory Development
The Objectives
Basic Principles
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Two Steps Forward
One Step Back...
Stepping Out
Appendix: Questions for Discussion
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