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About this book
About this book
Exposes the need to recognize the complex, non-linear nature of development assistance and how bureaucratic procedures and power relations hinder poverty reduction in the new aid environment. A host of academics, policy-makers and practitioners expose the challenges and opportunities facing the aid community today and argue for greater attention to issues of accountability and the adoption of rights-based approaches.
The complexity of inclusive aid; changing power relations in the history of aid; reflections on organizational change; who owns a poverty reduction strategy?; questioning, learning and "cutting edge" agendas; the donor-government frame; an international NGO's staff reflections on power, procedures and relationships; "if it doesn't fit on the blue square, it's out!"; the bureaucrat; shifting power; how can donors become more accountable to poor people?; minding the gap through organizational learning; personal change and responsible well-being; inclusive aid.
Leslie Groves is an independent social consultant who works with a variety of non-governmental organizations and donors. Rachel Hinton is a social development adviser at the Department for International Development (DFID), UK, and an honorary fellow at the University of Edinburgh.
237 pages, Figs, tavs
The language of aid, with its emphasis on participation, partnership, transparency and accountability often masks the very paradigm of development that it professes to critique--one result of the failure to grapple honestly with the complex ways in which power relations are played out along the aid chain. Reflecting on their own experiences of development assistance, contributors to this timely volume go beyond simply criticizing existing approaches to suggesting how to put the rhetoric of inclusive aid into practice. -- Deborah Eade, Editor, Development in Practice