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The challenges for participatory development in contemporary development practice - Part 2

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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.Part 2 features keynote speaker Dr Alan Fowler. Dr Fowler is an Emeritus Professor at the International Institute of Social Studies in the Hague and for more than thirty years an advisor to and writer on civil society organisations involved with international development. Now based in South Africa, his current advisory work focuses on reforms in the governance of international civil society alongside academic initiatives around the theme of Civic Driven Change (CDC). Full speaker details and sponsor information can be found at

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