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Managing the Pitfalls of Participatory development: Some Reflections from Australia


Eversole, R, Managing the Pitfalls of Participatory development: Some Reflections from Australia, <i>World Development</i>, 31, (5) pp. 781-795. ISSN 0305-750X (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0305-750X(03)00018-4


The shift from top-down to participatory development models has given "local people" a voice, but in practice, real participation is often elusive. Reflecting on a series of development projects by and for indigenous Australians, this article probes the complexity of social relationships which underlie the apparently straightforward concept of participation. This paper argues for greater attention to "development relations": the way that various actors in the development process relate to one another, and how these relationships directly influence project success. Key principles of power, motivation, legitimacy, and trust emerge to assist practitioners in understanding complex social relationships and managing the pitfalls of participatory development. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Other Studies in Human Society
Research Field:Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community Service (excl. Work)
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development and Welfare
UTAS Author:Eversole, R (Professor Robyn Eversole)
ID Code:43810
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:67
Deposited By:Institute for Regional Development
Deposited On:2007-03-23
Last Modified:2007-03-23

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