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Author Porter, Doug.

Title Development in Practice (Routledge Revivals) : Paved with good intentions
Published New York : Routledge, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (276 pages)
Series Routledge Revivals
Routledge revivals.
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Original Title Page; Original Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Plates; Figures; Tables; Preface; Abbreviations; Conventions; 1 A project somewhere in Africa; Appendix 1 Magarini Settlement Project: main events 1972-89; 2 Setting the scene; Giriama: people of the 'dispossessed territory'; The most important political issue in Kenya; White Australia and Black Africa; 3 Agriculture: change and uncertainty; Setting the pattern -- project appraisal, 1976; People without a past?
'Pretty primitive' -- Giriama agriculture and the Magarini environment'Identify and define a project': Phase I, resource survey, feasibility and economic assessment; Phase II: 'disrupting a relatively sound fanning system'; 'The order of things'; Ecology and equity; 4 Institutions for managing uncertainty; Control-orientation; 'Serious cautionings and substantial reservations'; The 1984 appraisal; The financial analysis; Consequences for the settlers; Cost-benefit: sustainability and certainty; Cost-benefit and control; 5 Strengthening the people's hand?; The 'NGO component' at Magarini
The politics of responding to the people's needs: strategies versus tacticsEvaluation: 'calling in the jury'; Fragmentary and isolated?; Benefits and costs of scaling-up: losing coherence; 6 Against whose odds? Constructing certainty Giriama style; Creating certainty: a ritual event in Magarini; Magarini sixty years on: resettlement in the 'dispossessed territory'; Impact: Giriama reactions to enclosure; NGO-Giriama relations: aiming for the head; Departures and destinations: defining leaders and followers; Divining development: a generative metaphor?; Development economists as diviners
The plural environment: evading capture for survival7 More diversity for more certainty; Practice makes perfect?; The need for humility; Pluralism and making the right decisions; The limits of the pluralist-orientation; No prescriptions; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary The Magarini Settlement Project in Kenya is typical of many large Third World rural development projects of recent years, not least in its failure to fulfil even minimum goals. First published in 1991, Development in Practice explores the reasons for this projects failure, and looks at the lessons to be learned from this experience for development in general. Challenging many assumptions and approaches, its provocative conclusions will generate much interest amongst development practitioners
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Subject Economic assistance -- Kenya -- Coast Province.
Rural development -- Kenya -- Coast Province.
Rural development projects -- Kenya -- Coast Province.
Coast Province (Kenya) -- Economic policy.
Form Electronic book
Author Allen, Bryant
Thompson, Gaye, 1959-
ISBN 9781317829317