How the Aid Industry Works: An Introduction to International Development

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-07-15
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner
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International development is big business. Official global aid flows from North to South are over $100 billion annually. China and India, former aid recipients, are rapidly entering the field as aid providers themselves, and international charity is being redefined with the resources of private donors like the Gates Foundation, for example, outstripping the annual budget of long-time donors like the UK, Canada or the World Health Organization. Lacking in the literature on international development is an introductory text that provides an overview of the practices of the 'œbusiness' of development. How the Aid Industry Worksprovides a basic description of what aid practices are and how they evolved. The arguments of both proponents and opponents of aid are presented and analyzed, along with real-life examples of projects and programs in context. Ideal for undergraduate and graduate students encountering the subject of development for the first time, the book also serves as an overview for development practitioners who want a handy reference covering the universe they inhabit.

Table of Contents

Boxes, Figures, and Tablesp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Acronymsp. xiv
Why Is Aid Contested?p. 1
The Aid Industry Definedp. 21
The Evolution in Thinking about Aid and International Developmentp. 63
Development Projects: Rationale and Critiquep. 91
Hard-nosed Development: Reforms, Adjustment, Governancep. 111
Country-led Approaches and Donor Coordinationp. 135
Development's Poor Cousins: Environment, Gender, Participation, and Rightsp. 151
What Works in the Aid Industry? What Doesn't? How Do We Know?p. 173
Challenges for the Aid Industry in the Twenty-first Centuryp. 189
Notesp. 197
Reference Listp. 207
About the Authorp. 221
Indexp. 223
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