Aid Effect: Ethnographies of Development Practice and Neo-liberal Reform

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Today international development policy is converging around ideas of neoliberal reform, democratisation and poverty reduction. What does this mean for the local and international dimensions of aid relationships?The Aid Effect demonstrates the fruitfulness of an ethnographic approach to aid, policy reform and global governance. The contributors provide powerful commentary on hidden processes, multiple perspectives or regional interests behind official aid policy discourses. The book raises important questions ...

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Overview

Today international development policy is converging around ideas of neoliberal reform, democratisation and poverty reduction. What does this mean for the local and international dimensions of aid relationships?The Aid Effect demonstrates the fruitfulness of an ethnographic approach to aid, policy reform and global governance. The contributors provide powerful commentary on hidden processes, multiple perspectives or regional interests behind official aid policy discourses. The book raises important questions concerning the systematic social effects of aid relationships, the nature of sovereignty and the state, and the working of power inequalities built through the standardisations of a neoliberal framework. The contributors take on new challenges to anthropology presented by a ‘global aid architecture’ which no longer operates through discrete projects but has moved on to sector wide approaches, budgetary support and other macro-level instruments of development; but they remain faithful to the fieldwork methodology that is anthropology’s strength and the source of rare insight.

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David Mosse is a Director of Studies in the Department of Anthropology at School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He is the author of Cultivating Development (Pluto Press, 2004). David Lewis is Senior Lecturer in NGO Management at the London School of Economics. He is the co-author of Anthropology, Development and the Post-Modern Challenge (Pluto Press, 1996).

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Ethnography of Donors and Neoliberal Policy David Mosse
2. An Ethnography of 'Loan Arrangements' between the Bretton Woods Institutions and the Government of Malawi: Good Governance as Technology Gerhard Anders
3. Timing, Scale and Style: Capacity as Governmentality in Tanzania Jeremy Gould
4. The Reinvention of Ownership at the Dutch Ministry of Development Cooperation Monique Nuijten and Jilles van Gastel
5. Who Owns the Gift? Donor-Recipient Relations and the National Elections in Bo

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