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  • Development, Change and the Change Agent 2/e
  • Theron F, Mchunu N
  • ISBN: 9780627034022
  • eISBN: N/A
  • ePub ISBN: 9780627034039
  • 460 Pages | Published: 2016

Despite best intentions, the reality is that “development” is still conceptualised, planned and “delivered” by change agents and their institutions in a top-down manner. This is problematic for both the beneficiaries and government change agents as it amplifies rather than lessens service delivery challenges and does not lead to a grassroots planning partnership. Development, Change and the Change Agent – facilitation at grassroots contextualises the change agent through his or her relationship with the local beneficiaries of development.

This updated second edition, previously titled The development change agent – a micro-level approach to development, consists of thirteen chapters contributed by seventeen authors representing nine universities. The key theme is the challenge to establish authentic and empowering participation, and the importance of change agent and local development beneficiary engagement and partnerships in achieving this. It covers an interdisciplinary field of development-related foci using a holistic, people-centred approach which includes grassroots facilitation, capacity building, empowerment and participation, developmental local government and good governance, and national development planning. It also incorporates social capital, indigenous knowledge systems, action research methodology and project management.

Scholars, development practitioners, development consultants, those working for NGOs and CBOs, development corporations/agencies, and politicians and government officials, specifically local ones, will find the publication relevant in confronting contemporary developmental challenges.




1 The development change agent – contextualising the agency–beneficiary partnership in grassroots development

2 The change agent–programme/project beneficiary participation planning partnership

3 Understanding communities and enabling people – a holistic approach

4 Project management in grassroots development – the project change agent–beneficiary interface as partnership

5 Understanding participation – a grassroots development strategy

6 Developmental local government and good governance – facilitation from grassroots

7 Development Management for Vision 2030 – exploring the implementation of the National Development Plan from grassroots

8 The community development worker as change agent – community organisation at grassroots

9 Community health – the community health worker as grassroots change agent

10 Co-management: participatory approaches in natural resources Governance

11 The forester as grassroots change agent – from forest users to forest owners

12 Exploring action research methodology – practical options for grassroots development research

13 Grassroots development themes, reflection and action for development change agents – the change agent–beneficiary partnership




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