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Continuing debates over the meaning of development and awareness of the persistence of poverty have resulted in increasing concern over how to 'do' development and what role various organizations should play in the achievement of development. Since World War two in particular, there have been an ever increasing number of organizations involved in development, undertaking different activities, at different scales, with different motivations, and with differing levels of success. It is necessary to identify and evaluate these varied organizations, and to recognize their successes and failures. Development Organisationsexplores the range and role of organizations involved in development policy and practice. This includes community-based organizations and civil society actors, international non-governmental organizations, state and other national-based actors, global forms of governance, international financial institutions and transnational corporations. It considers the historical and contemporary role of each of these actors, explains the complex theoretical debates over their existence and activities, and uses case studies from a variety of contexts to critically assess their effectiveness. This book is the only introductory text to focus specifically on the variety of organizations involved in development. It highlights the political and contested nature of development activities promoted by these organizations, and considers their effects on society, the economy and the environment. It also considers these issues in the context of the Millennium Development Goals: the agenda which currently impacts on the operation and outcomes of the broad range of development organizations. The book is clearly written and user-friendly, with case studies to help illustrate the operation of development organizations. Clear learning outcomes are stated at the beginning of each chapter and summaries at the end help to reinforce understanding. Discussion topics, suggestions for further reading and relevant websites are also listed for each chapter, providing useful tools for students, teachers, and other interested readers.