This book tells the story of development studies in practice over the last fifty years through the work of one remarkable individual, Robert Chambers. His work has taken him from being a colonial officer in Kenya through training and managing large rural development projects to a fundamental critique of top-down development and the championing of participatory approaches. The contributors eloquently demonstrate how he has been at the centre of major shifts in development thinking and practice over this period, popularising terms that are now at the centre of the development lexicon such as vulnerability, multi-dimensional poverty, sustainable livelihoods and 'farmer first'.

Robert Chambers played a major role in the massive growth in participatory approaches to development, and particularly the application of participatory methods in development research and appraisal. This has led to fundamental challenges to development practice, ranging from approaches to monitoring and evaluation to institutional learning and professional training. There is probably no-one who has had more influence on approaches to development in the past decades. Revolutionizing Development offers a unique overview of these contributions in thirty-two concise chapters from authors who have been intimately involved as collaborators, critics and colleagues of Robert Chambers.

chapter 1|19 pages

Putting the Last First: Reflections on the Work of Robert Chambers

ByAndrea Cornwall, Ian Scoones
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part Part 1|61 pages

Conceptualizing Development

chapter 2|8 pages

Challenging Development Priorities

ByRichard Jolly
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chapter 3|7 pages

Beginners in Africa: Managing Rural Development

ByJon R. Moris
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chapter 6|5 pages

Administration and Development

ByColin Fuller
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chapter 7|8 pages

Participation in International Aid

ByRosalind Eyben
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chapter 8|7 pages

Power and Participation

ByJohn Gaventa
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chapter 9|7 pages

Reframing Development

ByAndrea Cornwall
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part Part 2|79 pages

Rural Development, Poverty and Livelihoods

chapter 10|8 pages

Exploring Sustainable Livelihoods

ByGordon Conway
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chapter 11|8 pages

Putting the Vulnerable First

ByStephen Devereux
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chapter 13|6 pages

Refugee Studies

ByBarbara Harrell-Bond
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chapter 14|8 pages

Farmer First: Reversals for Agricultural Research

ByJacqueline A. Ashby
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chapter 15|7 pages

Agricultural Development: Parsimonious Paradigms

ByJanice Jiggins
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chapter 18|7 pages

Trees as Assets: Legacies and Lessons

ByMelissa Leach
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chapter 20|7 pages

Technology and Markets

ByBarbara Harriss-White
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part Part 3|40 pages

Methodological Innovations

chapter 21|7 pages

Village Studies

ByJohn Harriss
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chapter 22|8 pages

Whose Knowledge Counts? Tales of an Eclectic Participatory Pluralist

ByJohn Thompson, Irene Guijt
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chapter 23|5 pages

Learning to Unlearn: Creating a Virtuous Learning Cycle

ByParmesh Shah, Meera Kaul Shah
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chapter 25|6 pages

Participatory Numbers

ByCarlos Barahona
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part Part 4|57 pages

Practising Development: New Professionalism

chapter 26|5 pages

The Personal and the Political

ByRamesh Singh
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chapter 27|6 pages

Poverty Professionals and Poverty

ByRavi Kanbur
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chapter 28|7 pages

Changing Attitudes and Behaviour

BySam Joseph
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chapter 30|7 pages

Institutional Learning and Change

ByJamie Watts
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chapter 31|7 pages

Participation, Learning and Accountability: The Role of the Activist Academic

ByRosalind David, Antonella Mancini
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chapter 32|7 pages

Development Professionalism

ByNorman Uphoff
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chapter 33|3 pages

Appreciation and Reflections

ByRobert Chambers
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