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Managing the Pitfalls of Participatory development: Some Reflections from Australia

Citation

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

Abstract

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:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sociology
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Eversole, R (Professor Robyn Eversole)
ID Code:43810
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:70
Deposited By:Institute for Regional Development
Deposited On:2007-03-23
Last Modified:2007-03-23
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