Whose reality counts ?
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CTA. 1997. Whose reality counts ?. Spore 69. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Whose reality counts: putting the first last
Many mistakes have been made and many myths attached to Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA). In many developing countries, little credit was given to the ability of urban and rural people to understand, analyse and express the complex interactions involved in their own situations. Instead, 'top-down' solutions were often imposed by professionals which were at variance with the needs of the people. In Whose reality counts: putting the first last, the sequel to Rural development: putting the last first, 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. The book 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 field workers to the heads of agencies. Whose reality counts: putting the first last by Robert Chambers 1997 318pp ISBN 1 85339 386 X price UKL3 25 IT Publications Ltd. 103/ 105 Southampton Row London WC1B 4HH. UK