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Despite good intentions : why development assistance to the third world has failed

Author: Thomas W Dichter
Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 2003.
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A well-informed critique of the development assistance industry, written by a longtime insider. For more than thirty-five years, Thomas W. Dichter has worked in the field of international development, managing and evaluating projects for nongovernmental organizations, directing a Peace Corps country program, and serving as a consultant for such agencies as USAID, UNDP, and the World Bank. On the basis of this  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dichter, Thomas W.
Despite good intentions.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 2003
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas W Dichter
ISBN: 1558493921 9781558493926 155849393X 9781558493933
OCLC Number: 50114336
Description: xiii, 303 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction/The Great Paradox of Development Assistance --
Romance --
Illusion --
The Developing World and Its Condition --
A Straw in the Wind --
Being Useful or Being Used --
The Evolution of the Idea of Development --
Warm Bodies --
Sliding toward Dependency --
Development Assistance as an Industry (the "Dev Biz") --
Trying Simply to Help --
Avoiding History --
The Helper and the Helped --
Confusing Stakes --
The Consequences of Avoiding Certain Universals of Human Nature --
Spare No Expense--the Very Best --
For the People, By the People --
The Mismatch of Organizational Imperatives and Money --
Position, Not Condition --
Headless Chickens --
The Professionalization of Development --
Too Many Cooks --
Rhetorical Support --
Marketing Development --
Unintended Consequences --
The People's Program --
Conclusion/The Case for a Radical Reduction in Development Assistance.
Responsibility: Thomas W. Dichter.


A critique of the development assistance industry written by a longtime insider, this text reviews the major trends from the 1960s to the 1990s in order to highlight the major failings within the  Read more...


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A literate, entertaining, and soulsearching critique of the international aid business, by an insider who will make other insiders think hard about what they are doing and where they are going. - Ian Read more...

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