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The economist's tale : a consultant encounters hunger and the World Bank

Author: Peter Griffiths
Publisher: London ; New York : Zed Books ; New York : Distributed in the USA exclusively by Palgrave, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is an insider's view of one aid-made crisis. Peter Griffiths was at the interface between government and the Bank. He saw the decisions being made, and why. He saw the pressures put on civil servants, politicians, aid workers, consultants and World Bank officials to do nothing and instead let the crisis develop into a full-blown famine."
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Genre/Form: Diaries
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Griffiths, Peter, 1943-
Economist's tale.
London ; New York : Zed Books ; New York : Distributed in the USA exclusively by Palgrave, 2003
(OCoLC)654322481
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Griffiths
ISBN: 1842771841 9781842771846 184277185X 9781842771853
OCLC Number: 50292337
Description: viii, 249 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Foreword: Is the Story True? 2. The Task Ahead 3. Meeting the Minister 4. The Expats 5. Meeting the Officials 6. The Casablanca 7. Exchange Rates 8. The United Nations 9. Doing Business in Freetown 10. Finding the Facts 11. The Casablanca 12. The Weekend 13. In the Markets 14. Vanishing Rice 15. Military Coups 16. Planning My Expedition 17. Alarm at the World Bank 18. Into the Interior 19. Visiting the Projects 20. The Resthouse 21. More Projects 22. The University 23. Trekking On 24. Finding the Facts 25. The Southern Province 26. Colonialism 27. Home Again 28. Financing the System 29. What Happened to the Money? 30. Freetown 31. Getting Information 32. How Civil Servants Survive 33. Trickle Down 34. How Much Food is There? 35. The World Bank Reform 36. Cash Flow Problems 37. The Agricultural Marketing Board 38. Of Coups and Rumours of Coups 39. How Much Rice is Imported? 40. Who Will Import? 41. How Do I Get Action? 42. The Casablanca 43. Cabinet Paper 44. Getting it to the Decision Makers 45. Handing It Over 46. On Trek Again 47. Mother Theresa 48. Waiting For Action 49. The Marketing Board 50. A Sundowner 51. Revisiting the Importers 52. A Second Cabinet Paper 53. Dishonest Expatriates 54. Alerting the World Food Programme 55. Breaking the Rules 56. The Showdown 57. And Then What?
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