‘There is a popular feeling that Theory and Practice are opposed to each other and the meritslie with Practice. This is a false conclusion based on a false supposition: Practice is brick,Theory is mortar; both are necessary to get a good structure’
S.P.Lumby, 1981, p.1The above quote summarises my reflections on the 10-day Ugandan Field Trip. The lesson isthis
By all means, a development planner should read as much as possible about his researcharea
; however, no amount of literature review (usually in the office) can substitute for actual field work. This is because there could be fundamental gaps between what is known in theliterature and what is present in the field.
In the paragraphs that follow, the analysis on which this lesson is built is presented. For wantof space, the analysis will centre on Decentralisation, Economic Growth and Poverty Reductionin the Ugandan context. First some of the required literature will be reviewed and comparedwith what was actually found on the field.
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