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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 14 Planning rural development in local organisations in the Andes: what role for regional and national scaling up?

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 14 Planning rural development in local organisations in the Andes: what role for regional and national scaling up? Tony Bebbington Much of the enthusiasm for participatory political orientation of many such grassroots level planning by NGOs and organisations may play the important role of peasant organisations has often neglected the criticizing inappropriate government activities, broader regional and national political it can also imbue excessively critical, and economy with which these institutions operate. indeed mistaken, images of a monolithic Yet this context has great influence over the government. opportunities and constraints that face non- governmental and peasant organisations. This may lead local organisations to overlook Moreover, many of the factors influencing the offices and individuals within the public sector dynamics of these wider systems occur beyond who are broadly sympathetic to local NGO the immediate influence of local organisations. concerns. Consequently, potential It is perhaps the fact that the impacts of such complementarities and co-ordinators between wider processes and relationships are felt at a the two sectors are not exploited (such as the community level that has stimulated the search technological contributions that the public for local level diagnoses to the neglect of sector could ...

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