ERIC Number: ED372236
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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People First: A Guide to Self-Reliant Participatory Rural Development.
Aimed at development staff who work with the rural poor in developing nations, this book presents a coherent methodology for achieving development based on principles of conscientization, local control, cooperation, and self-reliance. Part I, Analysis (chapters 1-3), discusses theory. Chapter 1 reviews the most commonly held theories of poverty and then illustrates how poverty needs to be analyzed at the local level to respond to root causes rather than symptoms. Chapter 2 begins with a review of the more common theories of development and ends with an illustration of how development needs to be seen from the grassroots. Chapter 3 discusses the rationale for self-reliant participatory development. Part II, Action (chapters 4-9), looks at practice: the methodology of the self-reliant participatory approach to development. Topics of chapters 4-9 include agents of change, training and support of change agents, getting started, working with people, external relationships, and alternative sources of investment--savings, credit, and inputs. Part III, Reflection (chapters 10-11), is a summing up of the general objectives and the basic principles of self-reliant participatory development in chapter 10, while chapter 11 is a final cautionary chapter that attempts to analyze the obstacles, risks, and traps which practitioners may expect to encounter as well as the limitations of grassroots development in a hostile external environment. (Appendixes include questions for discussion divided by chapter, 78 references, and an index.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Change Strategies, Community Control, Developing Nations, Economically Disadvantaged, Females, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Guides, Participation, Participative Decision Making, Poverty, Rural Development, Rural Population
Zed Books Ltd., 165 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716 (hardback: ISBN-1-85649-081-5; paperback: ISBN-1-85649-082-3).
Publication Type: Books
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Identifiers: Self Reliance