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Participation at the coalface: translating local knowledges and institutions in post-war Tigray, North Ethiopia

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Hiruy, K and Eversole, R, Participation at the coalface: translating local knowledges and institutions in post-war Tigray, North Ethiopia, Community Development Journal: an international forum, 48, (2) Article bss038. ISSN 0010-3802 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Oxford University Press and Community Development Journal

DOI: doi:10.1093/cdj/bss038

Abstract

The challenges of participatory development suggest an explicit role for community development practitioners as ‘translation agents’ across different institutional contexts. This paper illustrates this role in three case studies of rural community development projects in post-war Ethiopia. The case studies highlight the value of local community knowledge and institutions in tackling key development issues: from small-farm productivity, to water access, to animal health. They also demonstrate the frequent need for translation and mediation between community knowledges and institutions and those of outside organizations and professionals. This paper analyses the case studies to show how community development practitioners working in the field can play a central role in creating truly participatory development spaces.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Ethiopia, community development, participatory development
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Policy and Administration
Research Field:Public Policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community Service (excl. Work)
Objective Field:Social Class and Inequalities
Author:Hiruy, K (Dr Kiros Hiruy)
Author:Eversole, R (Associate Professor Robyn Eversole)
ID Code:83247
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Institute for Regional Development
Deposited On:2013-03-06
Last Modified:2014-05-15
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