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Knowing Poverty

Karen Brock Rosemary McGee
Price: $ 25

The use of participatory research methods to provide policy-makers with information about poor people's perspectives on poverty became increasingly common in the 1990s. This, the first book to focus on the use of participatory techniques in poverty reduction policies, presents a series of participants' reflections on it. The 1990s witnessed a shift in the application of participatory methodologies, adding to the project-planning approaches of the 1980s a new focus on participatory research for policy. Much of this centres on poverty issues. This volume, with contributions from the leading researchers and professionals, examines how participatory research has affected the way poverty is understood, and how these understandings have been acted on in making policy for poverty reduction. The authors come from diverse backgrounds. Their reflections feature various aspects of the relationship between participation and policy, spanning different levels, from the individual researcher to the global institution. They address technical, ethical, operational, political and methodological problems. Through raising their concerns, they highlight lessons to be learnt from current practice, and challenges for the future. The book will be important for policy-makers, and academics in the areas of development, social studies and politics.

Karen Brock works in the Participation Group at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

Rosemary McGee works in the Participation Group at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

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