Practical Appraisal for Outsiders

Publication year: 
1983

This extract discusses ways in which outsiders can change the ways they learn about rural conditions. These include improving development tourism and using RRA techniques. The principles and methods underlying reversals in learning are examined, including sitting, asking, listening; learning from the poorest, learning indigenous technical knowledge through compiling glossaries of local terms and employing games, quantification and ranking methods. Learning can be supported by the way organisations are managed, so reversals in management are important. Styles of communication, staff transfer policies and practice, and enabling and empowering poor clients are discussed. The final section emphasises the primacy of personal action in changing practices in rural development.

Pages: 
pp. 198-218
In: 
Rural Development: Putting the Last First
Publisher
Longman
Available at IDS for reference
London
Publisher reference: 
Longman

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A : Participatory Approaches : Attitudes and behaviour 1504