Development methods and approaches critical reflections: selected essays from Development in practice

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Oxfam, 2003 - Business & Economics - 292 pages
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Many aid agencies advocate approaches to development which are people-centred, participatory, empowering and gender-fair. This volume of essays explores some of the middle ground between such values-based approaches and the methods and techniques that the agencies adopt. The selection offers critical assessments of fashionable tools such as Participatory Rural Appraisal and Logical Framework. It demonstrates how these are linked (conceptually and in practice) to the wider ideological environment in which they are used, and shows how they depend upon the skills of the fieldworker and/or organization applying them. Contributors argue that tools and methods will contribute to a values-based approach only if those using them have a serious commitment to a social agenda which is genuinely transformative.

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About the author (2003)

Deborah Eade became editor of the international journal "Development in Practice" in 1991 and has published extensively on international development and humanitarian issues. She was an independent consultant based in Mexico before becoming Oxfam GB 's Deputy Regional Representative for Mexico and Central America (1984-1991).

Jo Rowlands is a Gender Policy Adviser for Oxfam GB.

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