RRA Notes 11: Proceedings of a Local Level Adaptive Planning Workshop, London

This issue of RRA Notes is devoted to local-level adaptive planning.

Article, 30 April 1991
Participatory Learning and Action
A journal for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike.

May 1991

Editors: Jules Pretty and Ian Scoones 

This issue reports the discussions and findings of a workshop held in December 1990 in London. The workshop was organised by IIED and the University of Birmingham. The aim of the workshop was to take stock of current experience in local-level participatory planning approaches, to reflect on how these relate to more conventional planning, and to explore the implications for organisation, management and institutionalisation of local-level planning in different settings. 

The principal findings and challenges for the future, as identified by participants, are recorded in Part A of this issue. Part B is a selection of the contributions made at the workshop.

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Jules Pretty and Ian Scoones

Part A: Summary of workshop presentations and discussions

Local level adaptive planning: looking to the future
Jules Pretty and Ian Scoones

Part B: Abstracts and Summaries of Individual Papers

A critique of landuse planning

Confessions of a reconstructed planner
Barry Dalal-Clayton

Reorienting land use planning: towards a community participatory approach
Adrian Wood

Applications of participatory planning approaches

Planning for real: the approach of the Neighbourhood Initiative Foundation in the UK
Tony Gibson

Information for food security planning: asking local people. Case studies from Sudan and Mali
Margie Buchanan Smith and Susanna Davies

ACORD’s experience in local planning in Mali and Burkina Faso
Chris Roche

DELTA and village level planning in Sierra Leone: possibilities and pitfalls
Melissa Leach

Institutionalising local-level planning

Adaptive local planning: institutional issues
Donald Curtis

The role of developed country institutions: is there a meeting point between the top-down and bottom-up?
Robin Grimble

What happened to participatory planning in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands?
Martin Adams

Local-level adaptive planning: winners and losers in Machakos District, Kenya
Mary Tiffin

Lessons from the project centre D’Alevinage Ladgo in North Cameroon
Henri Roggeri

RRA for local government planning in Northern Nigeria
Robert Leurs, Mal Jumare, A Andeley and S Ogede

NGOs as brokers in agricultural R&E planning
Kate Wellard

Planning rural development in local organisations in the Andes: what role for regional and national scaling up?
Tony Bebbington

Organisational and management issues

What is different about managing non-government organisations (NGOs) involved in Third World development
Alan Fowler