The Development Practitioners' Handbook

The Development Practitioners' Handbook

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Development is recognised as a major challenge, if not the major challenge, facing us all as we enter the twenty-first century. Yet those who practise development do so in a terrain which has become highly contested and contentious. Allan Kaplan demonstrates that the discipline of the development practitioner is an art which demands imagination, flexibility and the ability to work with ambiguity and contradiction; one which can use guidelines but not rules. Uniquely, The Development Practitioners' Handbook views development from the point of view of the individual, the organisation, the community and society, as well as a living process in its own right, and explains where the development practitioner is best placed to pursue his or her work. Allan Kaplan outlines the illusive nature of development itself, in order to deepen and underpin the practice of development and to provide it with foundation and meaning.show more

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  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 19.05mm | 453.59g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745310206
  • 9780745310206

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'A book that all reflective practitioners should read, and read again' -- Editor, Development In Practice (Oxfam)show more

About Allan Kaplan

Emma Guest was communications manager for the Samaritans a helpline for the suicidal until she moved to South Africa in 1998. Since then she has been a freelance writer on AIDS-related matters for companies, charities and the South African government. She now lives in London.show more

Table of contents

Preface Prelude 1. NATURAL PROCESSES Biological, human, and organisational development processes. INTERLUDE: COHESION AND DIVISION 2. PATHS AND DESTINATIONS Phases of development, and some initial thoughts on direction INTERLUDE: RESISTANCE AND AWAKENING 3. SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AS GROWTH AND REVOLUTION The current impasse in development. 4. DEVELOPMENT AS THE BUILDING OF CIVIL SOCIETY New directions for development. INTERLUDE: LEADERSHIP 5. A NEW STANCE Integration, interdependence and organisational consciousness. INTERLUDE: ORGANISATION 6. THE PRACTICE OF THE DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONER INTERLUDE: INTERVENTION 7. THE ART OF THE DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONER Notes and references Indexshow more

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