International Organizations and Development, 1945-1990

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-08-22
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This volume explores how international organizations became involved in the making of global development policy. The book looks at the driving forces and dynamics behind that process, and critically assesses the consequences their policies have had around the world. It addresses problems that are at the core of today's debate about international organizations: how and why did international organizations and INGOs make development their mission in the first place? What did they promise and what were they expected to achieve? How did they conceptualize development and through what means did they promote it? What changes did they bring about in the field of global development? And thus, what difference did they make?

Author Biography

Marc Frey is Professor of Contemporary History/History of International Relations at the Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany.

Sönke Kunkel is an officer in the department of strategy and policy of the German Science Foundation.

Corinna R. Unger is Associate Professor of Contemporary European History at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.

Table of Contents

1.Introduction; Marc Frey, Sönke Kunkel, Corinna Unger
2.Technical Internationalism and 'Economic Development' at the Founding Moment of the UN System; Daniel Speich
3.Development, the Human Story: Alva Myrdal at the UN, 1949 – 1956; Glenda Sluga
4.'Keep Food Out of Politics:' The UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 1945 – 1965; Ruth Jachertz
5.Negotiations and Dependencies: The United Nations Organizations, Private Foundations, and the Shaping of Nutrition and Development Policies at the Central American Institute of Nutrition (INCAP), 1946 – 1978; Corinne Pernet
6.In the Name of World Health and Development: The World Health Organization and Malaria Eradication in India, 1949 – 1970; Thomas Zimmer
7.Free Trade and Freedom to Trade: The Development Challenge to GATT, 1947-1968; Francine McKenzie
8.A Club of the Rich to Help the Poor? The OECD as an Unduly Neglected Actor in the Field of 'Development'; Matthias Schmelzer
9.A 'Global Nervous System:' The Rise and Rise of Humanitarian NGOs; Kevin O'Sullivan
10. Of Heart-Felt Charity and Billion Dollar Enterprise: The Rise of Humanitarian NGOs after World War II – A Case Study of CARE; Heike Wieters
11. Contesting Globalization: The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the Transnationalization of Sovereignty; Sönke Kunkel

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