Development Planning: Concepts and Tools for Planners, Managers and Facilitators

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Zed Books, 2004 - Political Science - 217 pages
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This new textbook in development planning aims to provide a comprehensive and practically relevant guide to strategic planning at postgraduate and practitioner level. The book will help bridge the unfortunate gap that now exists between much development planning theory and planning practice. Promoting a more value-based, action-centered and organization-inclusive approach to development planning than is normally presented in textbooks on planning, the book introduces a simple model of strategic planning, and then elaborates more complex arrangements. The author then operationalizes various aspects and processes of planning, and critically analyzes tools involved, always in the context of more fundamental planning concerns. Specific topics include logical framework analysis, the use of indicators, process planning schemas, principles and tools of prioritization, and dimensions of participation and community institution building.
 

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Contents

Strategic Planning for Development
15
Figures
18
Diversifying Perspectives on Planning
36
Elaborating Linkages in Development Work
61
Problem Analysis
81
MeansEnds Analysis
104
Formulating Indicators of Achievements
121
Assessing and Interacting with the Environment
139
Tools of Prioritisation
157
Community Institution Building and Participatory Planning
182
Tables
202
Bibliography
208
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Dr Reidar Dale is currently Associate Professor of Development Planning and Management at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand. For 25 years he has been working in the field of development planning and management in a variety of developing countries - as a planner, manager, researcher, evaluator and university lecturer. For much of this period (1979-87; 1990-94) he worked with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).

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