The Challenges for Participatory Development in Contemporary Development Practice

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Participatory development involves including people who are affected by the development process as planners in that process. It became very popular in the 1980s and 1990s as a response to globalization and neoliberal development policies.  It is inspired by the work of Robert Chambers as a way of overcoming the shortcomings of top-down development and the limitations of expert research and planning. Participatory development’s catch cry might be ‘ordinary people know best’. It has, however, been criticized for being tokenistic and has not been able to address the issues of top down development and, more recently, results-based planning. This conference will explored these issues from both an academic and practitioner perspectives.


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