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Rural Development: Putting the Last First

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Rural poverty is often unseen or misperceived by outsiders. Dr Chambers contends that researchers, scientists, administrators and fieldworkers rarely appreciate the richness and validity of rural people's knowledge or the hidden nature of rural poverty. This is a challenging book for all concerned with rural development, as practitioners, academics, students or researchers ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 17th 1995 by Prentice Hall (first published May 1st 1983)
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Ian Smith
Oct 10, 2012 Ian Smith rated it it was amazing
Back in 1985 I was working in a tiny community health project in the western hills of Nepal. We had the usual mix (for the era) of maternal & child health, drinking water & sanitation, and non formal education & income generation. And it was then that, like many others working in community development, I first read this wonderful book. At the same time I was reading some helpful and very practical articles on primary health care in the highly influential magazine 'Contact' produced b ...more
May 11, 2012 Leanna rated it really liked it
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Based solely on the cover and exceedingly dry title, I approached this book with trepidation, expecting a dry and pedantic academic tone. And Chambers completely defied my expectations! He makes his argument thoroughly and addresses himself to numerous audiences, but he does so in a conversational, personable and funny (yes, funny!) writing style. Really, really great intro to the field.

Nina Munk
Mar 30, 2013 Nina Munk rated it really liked it
This is not a book a layman would normally pick up. (The title alone is a turn off for most people. As for the cover design, well, no comment needed there....) I stumbled on Rural Development in the course of doing reasearch for my book about ending poverty—it was a footnote in an academic paper—and once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Robert Chambers writes clearly and elegantly. He's a smart, original thinker. It's clear why, in the field of development, this is such an influenti ...more
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pendekatan yg capek dech.. tp ya ginama lagi >>
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The discussion of positive practitioners and negative researchers is extremely true and useful. Chambers always combines depth and practicality deriving from extensive experience.
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Thought transforming book
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Since the 1980s, he has been one of the leading advocates for putting the poor, destitute and marginalised at the centre of the processes of development policy. In particular he argues they should be taken into account when the development problem is identified, policy formulated and projects implemented. He popularised within development circles such phrases as "putting the last f
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