This book was shaped by ten years of International Fund for Agricultural Development's experience on innovative approaches to people's participation in development. Its critical assessment of the participatory approach explains how it works, its benefits and the pitfalls it harbours for the unwary.
Introduction 1. Participatory Development: The IFAD Experience 2. The Fate of Smallholders and Other Rural Poor in Africa During the Structural Adjustment Transition 3. The Economics of Investment in Rural Development: Private and Social Accounting Experiences from Latin America 4. Letting the Worm Turn: A Comment on Innovative Poverty Alleviation 5. Rural Women in Ghana: Their Workloads, Access and Organizations 6. The Enterprise Concept: A Comment on Innovations in Participatory Approaches to Development