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How the Aid Industry Works: An Introduction to International Development

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International development is big business. Official global aid flows from North to South are over $100 billion annually. China and India, former aid recipients, are rapidly entering the field as aid providers themselves, and international charity is being redefined with the resources of private donors like the Gates Foundation, for example, outstripping the annual budget ...more
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Published June 1st 2009 by Kumarian Press
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Jennifer Kern
Jul 18, 2011 Jennifer Kern rated it it was amazing
International development means big business with billions of dollars dished out annually to countries all over the globe. I don't think many people know where our money actually goes and what the government does to keep track of our funds.

How the Aid Industry Works provides a basic description of what aid practices are, how they evolve, and what aid proponents/opponents think of certain programs and projects.

I completely recommend this title to those in economic/finance/business and to intern
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Anssi Grekula
Aug 30, 2015 Anssi Grekula rated it it was ok
The book was very informative but it was written as a huge bunch of nested lists, like "first, blah blah blah, second, blah blah blah..." which, although organized and easy to follow, was pretty boring. About the content, the book left European Union almost completely aside even though it is one of the biggest donors in development aid industry. Other players are thoroughly and well described and analyzed.
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Arjan de Haan is a development expert who focuses on public policy and poverty in Asia. He leads the IDRC program Supporting Inclusive Growth, managing a team of 10 specialists in Ottawa and regional offices.

Before joining IDRC, de Haan worked at the Institute of Social Studies (Erasmus University Rotterdam) in The Hague, where he was convenor of the master’s program in social policy and led the d
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