Participation: The reversal of relationship?

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]articipatory approach in development has now become the utmost essential component of project designs which aim for equity and sustainability. Its ambitious commence forwarded by the goal of meeting pro-poor, grassroots, and sustainable form of development has attracted development actors, namely government, multilateral institutions, and international and national NGOs, to adopt the approach to their agenda in accordance with the global trend.
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Book Review: Cultivating Development by David Mosse

‘How am I able to follow a rule?’ — if this is not a question about causes, then it is about the justification for my following a rule in the way I do. If I have exhausted the justifications I have reached bedrock, and my spade is turned. Then I am inclined to say : ‘This is simply what I do.’
– L. Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations –

“What if development practice is not driven by policy? (p. 2)” The conventional belief is that development projects are designed and implemented by policies. Participation, gender equality, measurable result, they are the examples of overarching policies which shape the activities and outcomes of development projects. Yet, in reality, it is not the policies that drive projects, it is the projects that sustain the policies instead, Mosse argues. He postulates his propositions by posing the key question that challenges unquestioned belief, then elaborates the relationship between policy and practice through his ethnography by reversing the widespread wisdom that good policy leads to good practice.
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