Whose Reality Counts?: Putting the First Last




      Whose Reality Counts?: Putting the First Last
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 for interacting, learning and knowing Through analysing experience of past mistakes and myths, and of the continuing methodological revolution of PRA participatory rural appraisal the author points towards solutions In many countries, urban and rural people alike have shown an astonishing ability to express and analyse their local, complex and diverse realities which are often at odds with the top down realities imposed by professionals The author argues that personal, professional and institutional change is essential if the realities of the poor are to receive greater recognition Self critical awareness and changes in concepts, values, methods and behaviour must be developed to explore the new high ground of participation and empowerment Whose Reality Counts presents a radical challenge to all concerned with development, whether practitioners, researchers or policy makers, in all organizations and disciplines, and at all levels from fieldworkers to the heads of agencies With its thrust of putting the first last it presents a new, exciting and above all practical agenda for future development which cannot be ignored BAI Catalogue The methods and approaches of Participatory Rural Appraisal PRA comprise the core of this book But PRA has evolved and spread in many directions and into many areas The author argues that PRA has come to affect much development practice, professionalism, research, education, training, management and many institutions The PRA experience has led into wider questions about development and about the human condition It has pointed towards a gap in the writing about development the lack of analysis of how error, professionalism, power and personal interaction interlink a gap which the author tries to fill with this book The argument runs that reflective and self critical PRA practitioners are evolving a philosophy and behaviour which seem to promise better performance This new approach combined with other trends are part of a deep shift in ways of thinking, seeing, acting and being in the world So the book is about than PRA and than just development The author contends that, as a term, participatory rural appraisal no longer describes what is happening Participatory fits but rural is wrong because of innumerable applications in urban areas, organisations, adult literacy, policy and so on and appraisal implies only finding out and assessment, when many want PRA to describe a much longer process PRA has become fashionable but the author contends that bad practice is widespread and asks whether PRA can be self improving as it spreads This is a thought provoking book and it would interest all those concerned with the realities of the poor in the developing world. Free Download [ Whose Reality Counts?: Putting the First Last ] Author [ Robert Chambers ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – bluevapours.co.uk

Robert ChambersSince 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 first and stressed the now generally accepted need for development professionals to be critically self aware The widespread acceptance of a participatory approach is in part due to his work 1 This includes participatory rural appraisal.Robert Chambers and G.R Conway provided the first elaborated definition of the concept of sustainable livelihoods which reads a livelihood comprises the capabilities, assets stores, resources, claims and access and activities required for a means of living a livelihood is sustainable which can cope with and recover from stress and shocks, maintain or enhance its capabilities and assets, and provide sustainable livelihood opportunities for the next generation and which contributes net benefits too there livelihoods at the local and global levels and in the short and long term

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  • Paperback
  • 318 pages
  • Whose Reality Counts?: Putting the First Last
  • Robert Chambers
  • English
  • 08 May 2019
  • 185339386X

10 thoughts on “ Whose Reality Counts?: Putting the First Last

  1. Emilie says:

    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 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 me to be evenspecific Epidemiology Neglected Tropical Diseases Dracunculiasis dont google that if you are sensitive I can go on I felt this book was like old news And sooo repetitive I got his message after about twenty pages and then it all went on and on and on basically about the same thing Plus I found the language a little well disapointing Dont get me wrong, I loved his colloquial tone and easy way of putting things, but the way he kept using them ...

  2. Lucy says:

    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.

  3. Leanne says:

    Yes

  4. Tinea says:

    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 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 it with me to quote and summarize, some year plus since I read it In this book, Chambers tries to summarize the main principles of a few decades of participatory methodologies for community and ...

  5. Fany Wedahuditama says:

    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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