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A Process to Guide Decision Making for Development Activities in Language Programs

by Larry Yost and Hugh Tracy

Reprinted from Notes on Anthropology and Intercultural Community Work 26:1-17
© 1997 Summer Institute of Linguistics


"Should SIL language teams become involved in development activities?" This article offers a series of questions to assist language teams and their administrators in determining how involved they should become. The choice is theirs. SIL's philosophy and policy statements that are a part of this article provide the underlying structures for making those decisions.


  1. Principles for intercultural community work
  2. Personal references
  3. Development policy of SIL
    1. Community development
    2. Program focus
    3. Methods
    4. Ethical concerns
    5. Special concerns
    6. Guidelines for program development
    7. Funding
    8. Evaluation