Over the last few years I have been involved in developing professional community development responses in various community contexts within Bangladesh, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. I have found, particularly at State/managerial levels, a mixture of welcome and caution, but also, on occasion, some resentment, angst, and mostly camouflaged frustration at the gap between what community development promises and what it can deliver. However, broadly speaking these expressions seem to have no adequate voice. However, coming from a background well used to forms of patronizing as a means to exploitation and pacification, I found myself empathizing with such responses, even valuing them as interpretations which were honest and clarifying. What I have brought has been both wanted and unwanted at the same time, but I ‘get’ this. It is resonant of the intellectual...

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