Networking for development

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Networking for development
Paul Starkey

en français

en español

Available in English, French and Spanish
Networking for development. 104 pages. ISBN 1-85339-430-0
Réseaux pour le développement. 112 pages. ISBN 1-85339-440-8
Redes para el desarrollo. 112 pages. ISBN 1-85339-441-6

Networks are increasingly important, whether local, national or international. People talk about networks in development agencies, in research, in businesses and in many professional fields. For some people, networking seems just another jargon term. But many organisations now recognise networking as a valuable means to share information, further common objectives and make best use of limited resources.

Exactly what is a network? How do networks function? Why are some networks very successful, but others disappointing? Despite the growing number of development networks there is little accessible information about how different networks operate, the ingredients for their success or the problems that they face.

Networking for Development’ is a unique and groundbreaking book written specifically to meet this need. It provides a comprehensive survey and synthesis of networking issues. It offers concise, practical advice for people who are involved in networks or who are thinking of establishing one. It is based on the author’s own experience of supporting national and international networks, as well as analyses of network successes and failures in many parts of the world. 

The book is in two parts. Part One discusses the benefits and problems of networking and sets out guidelines for successful networking with examples from a range of development networks. Part Two illustrates these points more fully with a detailed case study of animal traction networks in Africa.

The author, Professor Paul Starkey is a specialist in animal traction and rural transport. For many years he has acted in a voluntary capacity as Technical Adviser to animal traction networks in Africa. He has published widely and has been called upon to advise the International Forum for Rural Transport and Development and development networks in Africa, Asia and Latin America on networking issues.



Redes para el desarrollo

Published by IFRTD
113 Spitfire Studios, 63-71 Collier Street, London N1 9BE, UK
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The International Forum for Rural Transport and Development is a global network which aims to overcome the physical, economic and social isolation of the rural poor in developing countries. The goal is to improve the accessibility of rural communities by developing rural transport systems which respond to their needs and potentials. IFRTD encourages an integrated approach that recognises the importance of rural infrastructure and the potential for intermediate means of transport that fill the gap between walking/carrying and expensive motor vehicles.

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Redes para el desarrollo
112 pages. ISBN 1-85339-441-6

Spanish edition is available from RELATA

The international Latin American animal traction network RELATA (Red Latinoamericana de Tracción Animal) was launched in 1995. In publishes an attractive magazine, El Yuntero. It has organised international workshops and published proceedings and resource publications. Spanish is the language of this network.
Red Latinoamericana de Tracción Animal  
De la Shell Las Palmas 1 cuadra al Norte.
Apdo 95 Telcor Douglas Mejía.
Managua, Nicaragua.  
Tel: + 505 266 4084, + 505 268 3126, Fax: 505 266 8617

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