The elusiveness of representation

During the early hay days of international development in the 1980s, the limits of conventional top-down, expert-oriented approaches were gaining attention. Before long, the likes of the World Bank, UNDP and Oxfam began to implement cross-cutting participation requirements for their international programs.

By making “people” central to development and ensuring beneficiary participation, development could be more responsible, effective and accountable. Increasing participation also meant that projects had a greater chance of being sustained over time and more relevant to community needs and wants.

This line of thinking was important given alternatives at the time, but how far has it gotten us? Read More...