ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Building Partnerships for Better Development

Conference proceedings of the 1st International Outlook conference on community development in Asia Pacific, held Bangkok, Thailand Sept 1998.

edited by Robert Doyle, Makha Khittasangka, Sam-Ang Seubsman, and Frank Vanclay

published by the Centre for Rural Social Research and Charles Sturt University, September 1999.

ISBN: 1 86467 048 7

This collection of papers provides a landmark publication for the Asia Pacific region. The Building Partnerships for Better Development conference was designed to examine what was happening with partnerships among universities, governments, NGOs, business and local communities. The conference theme recognised that not all development was good or necessarily in the public interest, and that collaboration through partnerships was the best option likely to provide for both economic and social development.

The conference was organised by the Centre for Rural Social Research, Charles Sturt University (Australia) and the Department of Human Environmental Sciences, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (Thailand) in association with the Women's Studies Department, Ho Chi Minh City Open University (Vietnam), and the Department of Community Development of the Government of Thailand. It was sponsored by AusAID: the Australian Government's overseas aid program.

The papers in this book (some 300 pages) provide a lively and interesting discussion on a range of topics, with numerous case studies under the rubric of community development. The papers have been selected from those presented at the conference, refereed by a panel, and edited to ensure quality control. They represent different approaches to community development, some useful methods and techniques for application, and some unique insights for furthering better development through community development principles and strategies.

The publication is divided into two sections,
1. Community development principles and approaches, and
2. Case studies of partnerships for community development.