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So Much Aid, So Little Development: Stories from Pakistan

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Pakistan has received more than $20 billion in external development assistance but has made little evident improvement in its social indicators. So Much Aid, So Little Development offers a fresh explanation for this outcome.

The author, Samia Altaf, a physician and public health specialist, follows one major initiative, the Social Action Program developed by the Pakistani g
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 4th 2011 by Woodrow Wilson Center Press / Johns Hopkins University Press
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Tara
Oct 15, 2013 Tara rated it really liked it
Samia Altaf provides a witty and insightful insider's view into the pathetically inept Pakistani bureaucracy and the inefficiencies of the "development beast" as a whole. With a biting sense of wit, she exposes the factors that lead to the failed industry, including the pressure for donor organizations to give aid for development projects and for recipients to receive, regardless of all indications that the project will not succeed. From citing anecdotes of ignorant Western project managers ...more
Dr. Faheem J. Khan
May 06, 2012 Dr. Faheem J. Khan rated it it was ok
Too sarcastic! The author (a physician by profession and a consultant of some donor organisation during SAP in Pakistan) writes too much of a drama. She remembers every dress and makeup of each individual she met almost ten years ago. Not only this, she also remembers the sequence of dialogues and actions agreed/taken during her interactions with each government officer.
The author emphasises that there are always flaws in the project design and that's why they are bound to fail. I would like to
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