The Paternalism of Partnership: A Postcolonial Reading of Identity in Development Aid
"The development industry has come in for widespread criticism in recent years. This book focuses on the issue of identity in development aid by way of a nuanced and original investigation of Northern donor agency personnel as they deliver aid in Tanzania. The author explores how donor identities are constituted and manifested in the practices of development aid, and shows...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 4th 2005 by Zed Books
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May 24, 2009 Sara-Maria Sorentino rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This book was important to me in reinforcing the idea that development has internalized outsider indictments of the enterprise. Self-critique has, in some sense, altered the terrain at the discursive level, and from this a discourse of partnership emerged, with ideas like transparency and mutual trust tossed around as if donor and partner were intimate bedfellows. This burgeoning discourse, however, and this is important point, is nonetheless inconsistent (or consistent insofar as ‘transparency’...more