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The challenges for participatory development in contemporary development practice - Part 3

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This is the third conference as part of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Universities Linkages, which brings scholars and aid practitioners together to discuss important development issues.Participatory development involves including people who are affected by the development process as planners in that process, and became very popular in the 1980s and 1990s as a response to globalization and neoliberal development policies. It is inspired by the work of Robert Chambers as a way of overcoming the shortcomings of top down development and the limitations of expert research and planning. Participatory development's catch cry might be 'ordinary people know best'. It has, however, been criticised for being tokenistic and not being able to address the issues of top down development and more recently results-based planning. This conference explores these issues from both academic and practitioner perspectives.This final part features keynote speakers Ms Emele Duituturaga and Professor Gita Sen. Ms Duituturaga is a Pacific Islands gender and development specialist, academic, consultant and trainer. Emele has served in senior roles including CEO of the Fiji Ministry for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation and Head of the Pacific Women's Resource Bureau for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Professor Sen combines a distinguished academic career with policy advocacy and NGO activism. She is a professor at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India and Adjunct Professor of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health.Full speaker details and sponsor information can be found at

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