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1st Edition

Knowledge Partnering for Community Development

ISBN 9781138025622
Published October 28, 2014 by Routledge
194 Pages

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Book Description

Effective community development means that many different stakeholders have to work together: governments, development organizations and NGOs, and most importantly, the people they serve. Knowledge Partnering for Community Development teaches community development professionals how to mediate community needs and development agendas to make community-based solutions for development challenges.

Based on the newest research in community and global development, Eversole shows readers a strong research and theoretically based framework for understanding local development processes, and gives them the skills to turn this into cutting-edge practice. Each chapter features global case studies of innovative community-state partnerships, and practical application exercises and strategies for professionals looking to bring new approaches to their research. Knowledge Partnering for Community Development is essential for community workers and students of community development looking to bridge the gap between research insight and best practice between community actors.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Developing Communities Chapter Two: Development Methods and Measures Chapter Three: Participating in Development Chapter Four: The Lure and Limits of Partnerships Chapter Five: Knowledge for Development Chapter Six: Knowledge Partnerships Chapter Seven: Innovation in Practice: Case Studies Chapter Eight: Theorising Development Practice Chapter Nine: The Knowledge Partnering Approach Chapter Ten: Future Directions for Community Development Practice

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Robyn Eversole is the director of the Institute for Regional Development (IRD) at the University of Tasmania, Australia. She is an anthropologist of development who has worked extensively with local communities and organisations in Australia and Latin America on a wide range of development issues over the past eighteen years. She is author of over 50 scholarly and practice-focused articles on community and regional development issues as well as three edited collections including Here to Help: NGOs combating poverty in Latin America (2003) and Indigenous peoples and poverty in international perspective (2005).


"As Eversole points out, working in true partnership with communities is never easy, but absolutely necessary to building place-based and grassroots routes to meaningful development out of poverty, injustice and environmental challenges. Here undoubtedly is a book which shows how it might be achieved through reflexive community development approaches, avoiding a range of pitfalls and always keeping the broader development issues that shape local possibilities in mind."Community Development Journal, Mick Carpenter, University of Warwick, UK

"Eversole does a very good job of summarising a whole lot of knowledge about practice and the experience of doing community development in a way that informs theory. The bases are well and truly covered, with scholarship, style and substance. The book is highly readable, highly informative, and highly recommended." - Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, Paul Collits, Australia