I consider rural reporting my forte and try my best to be honest to myself and free from all prejudices while doing my job.
Practicing development communication is an enriching experience. The rual community in any part of the world is composed of indigenous people having tremendous amount of wisdom. They are physically away from knowledge and information. But I know as a rural reporter that indigenous people have unmatched wisdom and courage to endure hardships. If information somehow becomes complementary element to their wisdom, wonderful results of development strategies can be obtained. Every rural community has a survival strategy, which is ignored by the development planners. The voices of the people do not find reprefesentation in development planning process. Thus indigenously developed survival strategies do not match the top-down planning process. Therefore expected results elude.
My experience poverty alleviation programmes may achieve success only when genuine stakeholders approve development plans and assign themselves the strategic tasks to implement those plans. Project and programmes should assume the role of a facilitator or guide to them.