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Whose Reality Counts?: Putting the first last

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In this sequel to "Rural Development: Putting the last first" Robert Chambers argues that central issues in development have been overlooked, and that many past errors have flowed from domination by those with power.Development professionals now need new approaches and methods forinteracting, learning and knowing. Through analyzing experience - of past mistakes and myths, ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by ITDG Publishing
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Mar 28, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: International development students and practitioners
Interesting book on participatory development. I remember thinking Chambers was a little condescending, but the overall idea behind the book was good, and it wasn't overly dry.
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When I first was assigned this book a little over a year ago I found it revolutionary good. I was like "wow!" and it helped my view towards future-planned field work. But, I never had time to finish it during the course (since not the whole book was required). I've now taken care of that...

... And the magic feeling is gone. Since that course there is no measure on how much I have grown as a person and I have found my for this time real true passion in developing work: International health. Want
Robert Chambers is one of my favorite thinkers, the Wendell Berry of international development. He is a slow-thought listener, a feminist anti-colonial centerer of marginalized and poor and vulnerable people, an uplifter of quiet voices in the back of the room. He tinkers with facilitation and methodology to find ways to bring diverse people to engage with diverse ideas.

I gave my dog-eared and underlined copy away to people I hope will read and pass it on. Unfortunately that means I don't have
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Start to change how you think.. Understand the field.. The realities.. Don't just imagine what is going on. Great 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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