Development Planning

Concepts and Tools for Planners, Managers and Facilitators

Reidar Dale

Development Planning

Reidar Dale

Distributed for Zed Books

240 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $41.95 ISBN: 9781842774335 Published November 2004 For sale in North and South America only

1. Development and Development Planning
Conceptualising Development
Conceptualising Development Planning
Conceptions of Rationality

2. Strategic Planning for Development
Strategy, Strategy Formulation and Strategic Planning
Main Analytical Categories and Variables
Identifying and Analysing Stakeholders
Conceptualising Greater Organisational Complexity
Variables and Linkages in Comprehensive Strategic Planning
Timing, Time Horizon and Scope of Action

3. Diversifying Perspectives on Planning
Linking to More General Concepts of Value and Intent
Strategic versus Operational and Adjustive Planning
From Long-Range Planning to Continuous Strategic Management
Process versus Blueprint Planning
Planning Categories by Functional Level and Type of Area
Connecting Planning to the Concepts of Programme and Project

4. Elaborating Linkages in Development Work
Connecting Design Variables, Work Categories and Intended Achievements
The Logical Framework
Adding Dimensions of Organisation

5. Problem Analysis
Conceptualising Development Problems
Generating Information about Problems
Verbal Analysis
Cause-Effect Charting

6. Means-Ends Analysis
Basic Concepts and Relations Revisited
Relating Problems to Abilities, Opportunities and Constraints
From Problem Structures to Means-Ends Structures
Specifying Means-Ends Relations in the Logical Framework
Means-Ends Relations in Organisation Building Programmes

7. Formulating Indicators of Achievements
The Concept of 'Indicator'
Characteristics of Good Indicators
Specifying Indicators in the Logical Framework
Generating Information on Indicators
A Conclusion on Indicators and a Reflection beyond them

8. Assessing and Interacting with the Environment
Contextual Analysis: A Hallmark of Development Planning
Opportunities, Constraints and Threats
Moving Boundaries between the Internal and the External
Incorporating Assumptions into the Logical Framework
A Further Reflection about Assumptions

9. Tools Of Prioritisation
Techniques of Ranking
Criteria-Based Prioritisation
Economic Tools of Prioritisation

10. Community Institution Building and Participatory Planning
Participatory Development: Justification, Principles and Implications
Modes and Means of Participation
Defining Capacity-, Organisation- and Institution-Building
Institution-Building as Process
Social Mobilisation
Process versus Blueprint Planning Modes for Local Institution Building
Creating Synergies between Planning and Institution Building

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