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Nici Nelson. Published: Pages: She combines interest in action anthropology with her academic interest in gender, urbanization and development in Africa, with a specific focus on East Africa and the Horn. GB 76 is the wholly owned publishing arm of Practical Action, Reg. Charity No. Email us at publishinginfo practicalaction. Menu Expand. Search Titles Search. Search options: Search Titles. Tabs navigation. This book explores the power dimensions of participatory development and research, and examines what shifts in power within communities and institutions are needed for participatory ideas to be effective.
Nici Nelson. Published: Pages: She combines interest in action anthropology with her academic interest in gender, urbanization and development in Africa, with a specific focus on East Africa and the Horn. GB 76 is the wholly owned publishing arm of Practical Action, Reg. Charity No. Email us at publishinginfo practicalaction.
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Power, Empowerment and Participatory Development: Conceptual Linkages
Practitioners of participatory development are often faced with the challenge of bridging the gap between ideals and what is possible in practice. This article presents ten principles for the practice of participatory development. The principles are offered as an intermediary between the philosophical roots of participatory development theory including feminism, environmentalism, and critical pedagogy and the current practice using tools such as participatory action research, participatory rural appraisal and appropriate technology.
Participation is a very broad concept Lane  that means different things to different people Hussein  ; Kelly . The term is often used by people with different ideological positions, who give it very different meanings Nelson and Wright . Pelling  identified that participation is an ideologically contested concept which produces a range of competing meanings and applications. The result is a variety of views on how participation is defined, whom it is expected to involve, what it is expected to achieve, and how it is to be brought about Agarwal . The vagueness and lack of conceptualisation of the concepts of participation and empowerment cause confusion over expectations and over the evaluation of outcomes of the participatory development process Lyons, Smuts et al.
Claridge, T. Designing social capital sensitive participation methodologies. Social Science Information 42,
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Participation is not a new concept Buchy, Ross et al. It represents a move from the global, aspatial, top-down strategies that dominated early development initiatives to more locally sensitive methodologies Storey . There are differing opinions as to the origins of participation theory.
This book looks at the theoretical basis to participatory development work, drawing on related debates in anthropology, development studies and feminism. It attempts to connect theory and practice, presenting case studies of participatory research techniques from sites as far apart as development theatre in Mali and video-making with homeless people in the UK. It then extends the debate by questioning the shifts in power needed if institutions are to operate in a participatory manner.
This article discusses the theory and practice of so-called participatory governance. It explains that participatory governance is a variant or subset of governance theory which puts emphasis on democratic engagement, in particular through deliberative practices. Participatory governance seeks to deepen citizen participation in the governmental process by examining the assumptions and practices of the traditional view that generally hinders the realization of a genuine participatory democracy.