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.
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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 135.4 x 214.1 x 10.7mm | 208.66g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745310214
  • 9780745310213

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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.
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About Allan Kaplan

Allan Kaplan is the Executive Director of the Community Development Resource Association (CDRA) in Cape Town, South Africa. He has been an organisation development consultant since the mid-1980s, specialising in working with NGOs and community-based organisations across Southern and East Africa, as well as in Europe. He is the author of The Development Practitioners' Handbook (Pluto, 1996).
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'A book that all reflective practitioners should read, and read again' -- Editor, Development In Practice (Oxfam)
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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

Index
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