A more Strategic and Participatory Approach for Rural Development

To help enrich the studies of the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) recipients of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) a one-day roundtable workshop on rural development was convened in February 2011. The workshop brought academics and practitioners from the fields of evaluation and development to give presentations and facilitate group discussions on the topic. The aim of the roundtable was to explore issues and tools to improve rural development policy, as well as to provide a forum for expression and discussion for the participants.

I hope that this volume of publication will contribute to further development of discussions on rural development, as well as conceptualization and understanding for more effective practices.

Key words

Community, community capacity, community development, economic development, evaluation,

governance, local governance, participation, participatory evaluation, resources, rural

development

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