Inside the Everyday Lives of Development Workers: The Challenges and Futures of Aidland

Inside the Everyday Lives of Development Workers: The Challenges and Futures of Aidland

by Anne-Meike Fechter
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1565493249

ISBN-13: 9781565493247

Pub. Date: 03/28/2011

Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.

* Explores the social and cultural worlds shaping aid workers and their development practices
* Shows how aid workers in the “field” negotiate a variety of often conflicting and contradictory imperatives of the development system

Much and warranted attention is paid to the lives of aid recipients – their household lives, saving habits, gender

Overview

* Explores the social and cultural worlds shaping aid workers and their development practices
* Shows how aid workers in the “field” negotiate a variety of often conflicting and contradictory imperatives of the development system

Much and warranted attention is paid to the lives of aid recipients – their household lives, saving habits, gender relations, etc. It’s held that a key to measuring the effectiveness of aid is contained in such details. Rarely, however, is the lens turned on the lives of aid workers themselves. Yet the seemingly impersonal network of agencies and donors that formulate and implement policy are composed of real people with complex motivations and experiences that might also provide important lessons about development’s failures and successes.

Hindman and Fechter break new ground by illuminating the social and cultural world of the aid agency, a world that is neglected in most discussions of aid policy. They examine how aid workers’ moral beliefs interlink and conflict with their initial motivations, how they relate to aid beneficiaries, their local NGO counterparts, and other aid workers, their views on race and sexuality, the effect of transient lifestyles and insider language, and the security and family issues that come with choosing such a career. Ultimately, they arrive at a more comprehensive understanding of development processes that acknowledges a rich web of relationships at all levels of the system.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565493247
Publisher:
Kumarian Press, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1) Introduction – Heather Hindman and Anne-Meike Fechter; 2) False Binaries: Altruism and Selfishness in NGO Work—Sara De Jong; 3) Maintaining Independence: The Moral Ambiguities of Personal Relations Among Ghanaian Development Workers—Thomas Yarrow ; 4) Intercultural Encounters, Colonial Continuities and Contemporary Disconnects in Rural Aid: An Ethnography of Development Practitioners in Madagascar—Ritu Verma; 5) Orienting Guesthood in the Mennonite Central Committee in Indonesia—Philip Fountain; 6) Everywhere and Everthrough: Rethinking Aidland—Keith Brown; 7) Anybody at Home? The Inhabitants of Aidland - Anne-Meike Fechter; 8) Dealing with Danger: Risk and Security in the Everyday Lives of Aid Workers—Silke Roth; 9) The Hollowing Out of Aidland: Subcontracting and the New Development Family in Nepal—Heather Hindman; 10) Epilogue: Who Is International Aid?: Some Personal Observations—Raymond Apthorpe

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