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The Paternalism of Partnership: A Postcolonial Reading of Identity in Development Aid
The development industry has been criticized recently from very diverse quarters. This book is a nuanced and original investigation of Northern donor agency personnel as they deliver aid in Tanzania. The author explores in particular how donor identities are manifested in the practices of development aid, and how calls for equal partnership between North and South are ofte ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 4th 2005 by Zed Books
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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