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Knowledge Partnering for Community Development

1st Edition

By Robyn Eversole


182 pages

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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.


"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

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

About the Originator

About the Series

Community Development Research and Practice Series

This series serves community developers, planners, public administrators and others involved in practice and policy making in the realm of community development. Building on a 40 year history of publishing the journal, Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, the book series seeks to contribute to the growing and rapidly changing knowledge base as a resource for practitioners and researchers alike.


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Series Editor:

Rhonda G. Phillips
Purdue University, USA

Editorial Board:

Mark Brennan
Pennsylvania State University, USA

Jan Flora
Iowa State University, USA

Gary P. Green
University of Wisconsin, USA

Brian McGrath
National University of Ireland

Norman Walzer
Northern Illinois University, USA

Patricia A. Wilson
University of Texas, Austin, USA


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Services