Tag: Robert Chambers

Book Review: Can We Know Better? by Robert Chambers

Robert Chambers is a role model – in his mid-80s, he has retained all the curiosity, humour, iconoclasm, commitment and originality that has made him a cult figure on large parts of the development circuit, North and South. His latest book, Can We Know Better?, builds on a string of publications going back to 1983 […]

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What did trade campaigns achieve? Plus reinventing Robert Chambers & changing aid narratives: some Berlin conversations

Had a really interesting couple of days in Berlin last week, at the invitation of the German government aid agency, GIZ. Also spent time with the impressive policy and campaigns wonks at Oxfam Germany. Here’s a few of the topics that came up. What did all that trade campaigning achieve? From the late 90s to […]

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Into the Unknown: Explorations in Development Practice: lovely (and short) new book from Robert Chambers

Robert Chambers is who I want to be when I grow up, an object lesson in how to grow old (dis)gracefully. Funny, passionate, always willing to admit doubt and failure, and endlessly curious – he never pulls that weary ‘oh, we tried that in the 1970s and it didn’t work’ routine beloved of other development […]

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Robert Chambers on the Fifth Power (the power to empower)

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Paradigms, lock-ins and liberations: Robert Chambers on rice and shit

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Robert Chambers – why don't all development organizations do immersions?

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Provocations for Development: Superb new collection of Robert Chambers’ Greatest Hits

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Inspiring action on shit (getting rid of it) – guest post from Robert Chambers

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So the world is complex – what do we do differently?

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Newton v Complexity: Robert Chambers on competing aid paradigms

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