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The Resource Despite good intentions : why development assistance to the third world has failed, Thomas W. Dichter

Despite good intentions : why development assistance to the third world has failed, Thomas W. Dichter

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Despite good intentions : why development assistance to the third world has failed
Title
Despite good intentions
Title remainder
why development assistance to the third world has failed
Statement of responsibility
Thomas W. Dichter
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Since the 1960s, Thomas W. Dichter has worked in the field of international development, managing and evaluating projects for nongovernmental organizations, directing a Peace Corps country programme, and serving as a consultant for such agencies as USAID, UNDP, and the World Bank. On the basis of this experience, he has become an outspoken critic of what he terms the "international poverty alleviation society". He believes that efforts to reduce world poverty have been well-intentioned but largely ineffective. On the whole the development industry has failed to serve the needs of the people it has sought to help.; To make his case Dichter reviews the major trends in development assistance from the 1960s through to the 1990s, illustrating his analysis with 18 short stories based on his own experiences in the field. The analytic chapters are therefore grounded in the daily life of development workers as described in the stories. Dichter shows how the development organizations have often become caught up in their own self-perpetuation and in public relations efforts designed to create an illusion of effectiveness. Tracing the evolution of the role of money (as opposed to ideas) in development assistance, he suggests how financial imperatives have reinforced the tendency to sponsor time-bound projects, creating a dependency among aid recipients. He also examines the rise of careerism and increased bureaucratization in the industry, arguing that assistance efforts have become disconnected from important lessons learned on the ground.; Ultimately, Dichter calls for a more light-handed and artful approach to development assistance, with fewer agencies and experts involved. His stance is pragmatic, rather than ideological or political. What matters, he says, is what works, and he maintains that the current practices of the development industry are simply not effective
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digitized
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dichter, Thomas W
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Economic assistance
  • Poverty
  • Aide économique
  • Pauvreté
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • Economic assistance
  • Poverty
  • Developing countries
  • Ontwikkelingssamenwerking
  • Armoede
  • Entwicklungshilfe
  • Bewertung
Label
Despite good intentions : why development assistance to the third world has failed, Thomas W. Dichter
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Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-299) and index
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online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Sliding toward Dependency
  • Development Assistance as an Industry (the "Dev Biz")
  • Trying Simply to Help
  • Avoiding History
  • The Helper and the Helped
  • Confusing Stakes
  • The Consequences of Avoiding Certain Universals of Human Nature
  • Spare No Expense -- the Very Best
  • For the People, By the People
  • The Mismatch of Organizational Imperatives and Money
  • Introduction/The Great Paradox of Development Assistance
  • Position, Not Condition
  • Headless Chickens
  • The Professionalization of Development
  • Too Many Cooks
  • Rhetorical Support
  • Marketing Development
  • Unintended Consequences
  • The People's Program
  • Conclusion/The Case for a Radical Reduction in Development Assistance
  • Romance
  • Illusion
  • The Developing World and Its Condition
  • A Straw in the Wind
  • Being Useful or Being Used
  • The Evolution of the Idea of Development
  • Warm Bodies
Control code
ocn647376217
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 303 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781613760826
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  • lossless
  • lossy
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt5n1tv3
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)647376217
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Despite good intentions : why development assistance to the third world has failed, Thomas W. Dichter
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-299) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Sliding toward Dependency
  • Development Assistance as an Industry (the "Dev Biz")
  • Trying Simply to Help
  • Avoiding History
  • The Helper and the Helped
  • Confusing Stakes
  • The Consequences of Avoiding Certain Universals of Human Nature
  • Spare No Expense -- the Very Best
  • For the People, By the People
  • The Mismatch of Organizational Imperatives and Money
  • Introduction/The Great Paradox of Development Assistance
  • Position, Not Condition
  • Headless Chickens
  • The Professionalization of Development
  • Too Many Cooks
  • Rhetorical Support
  • Marketing Development
  • Unintended Consequences
  • The People's Program
  • Conclusion/The Case for a Radical Reduction in Development Assistance
  • Romance
  • Illusion
  • The Developing World and Its Condition
  • A Straw in the Wind
  • Being Useful or Being Used
  • The Evolution of the Idea of Development
  • Warm Bodies
Control code
ocn647376217
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 303 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781613760826
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt5n1tv3
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)647376217
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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