Helping People Help Themselves: From the World Bank to an Alternative Philosophy of Development Assistance / Edition 1

Helping People Help Themselves: From the World Bank to an Alternative Philosophy of Development Assistance / Edition 1

by David Ellerman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472031422

ISBN-13: 9780472031429

Pub. Date: 01/05/2006

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

David Ellerman relates a deep theoretical groundwork for a philosophy of development, while offering a descriptive, practical suggestion of how goals of development can be better set and met. Beginning with the assertion that development assistance agencies are inherently structured to provide help that is ultimately unhelpful by overriding or undercutting the

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David Ellerman relates a deep theoretical groundwork for a philosophy of development, while offering a descriptive, practical suggestion of how goals of development can be better set and met. Beginning with the assertion that development assistance agencies are inherently structured to provide help that is ultimately unhelpful by overriding or undercutting the capacity of people to help themselves, David Ellerman argues that the best strategy for development is a drastic reduction in development assistance. The locus of initiative can then shift from the would-be helpers to the doers (recipients) of development. Ellerman presents various methods for shifting initiative that are indirect, enabling and autonomy-respecting. Eight representative figures in the fields of education, community organization, economic development, psychotherapy and management theory including: Albert Hirschman, Paulo Freire, John Dewey, and Søren Kierkegaard demonstrate how the major themes of assisting autonomy among people are essentially the same.

David Ellerman is currently a Visiting Scholar in the Economics Department at the University of California at Riverside.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472031429
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
01/05/2006
Series:
Evolving Values for a Capitalist World
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1Introduction & overview1
2Internal & external motivation : beyond Homo economicus25
3The indirect approach52
4Indirect approaches : intellectual history68
5Autonomy-respecting development assistance100
6Knowledge-based development assistance121
7Can development agencies learn & help clients learn?149
8Case study : assistance to the transition countries186
9Hirschmanian themes of social learning & change207
10Conclusions240
AppEight thinkers on the five themes253

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