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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: ITDG Publishing; 2 edition (1 Jan. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185339386X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853393860
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This volume explores the boundaries of participatory rural appraisal (PRA). With PRA now widely adopted, with varying degress of success, the author examines the next steps as "the methodological revolution continues". The work presents an analysis of the relationship between professionals and the poor, The realities of development professionals, embracing such values as measurement and control, are at odds with those of the poor they seek to assist. Poor people's realities are instead diverse, dynamic and unpredictable, yet the professionals so often impose their own realities upon the poor. Chambers argues that professionals must adapt their approaches to bridge this gap since "we now know better what people can do, and especially poor rural people...It is more than we supposed".

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A Must Read for Development Studies and Practice 24 Sept. 2012
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While it might be premature to give full comment on this book because I am yet to read it all up. I must say it is a very good reference book for any Development Studies student or practitioner who is looking to make a sustained difference with development initiatives. This book was recommended by my Professor and Thesis Supervisor. Its an insightful read on participatory approach to development.
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Good book.
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