Wringing Success From Failure In Late-Developing Countries

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Development has alleviated poverty in many countries during the 50 years since the end of War World II, yet half of mankind remains poor; a fifth are very poor. Poverty is not a state of nature, but, as Stepanek shows, can be ascribed to manmade institutions that reflect self-serving and self-indulgent ideologies, poorly tested theories and policies, weak governments, and poverty alleviation programs that are questionably designed and poorly administered. Dr. Stepanek asserts that poverty cannot be alleviated ...

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Overview

Development has alleviated poverty in many countries during the 50 years since the end of War World II, yet half of mankind remains poor; a fifth are very poor. Poverty is not a state of nature, but, as Stepanek shows, can be ascribed to manmade institutions that reflect self-serving and self-indulgent ideologies, poorly tested theories and policies, weak governments, and poverty alleviation programs that are questionably designed and poorly administered. Dr. Stepanek asserts that poverty cannot be alleviated without challenging all of its root causes, and he shows that well-designed development strategies and foreign assistance programs can create growth and reduce poverty. Western governments, international banks, and donor agencies must reexamine how they design and administer foreign aid if they are to be successful. Stepanek explains foreign aid in general and in specific, in history and theory, and in its present and practical forms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275965051
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

JOSEPH F. STEPANEK currently is Visiting Fellow at The International Food Policy Research Institute.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Poor People in a Poor World 1
2 Washington's AID Program 21
3 Why Asia Is Developing and Africa Is Not 37
4 Bangladesh Grows Its Own Food 63
5 Creating African Ownership with an Aid Presence 89
6 Agriculture Is Africa's First Source of Growth 107
7 Investment for Africa's Development 133
8 African Development Requires Democracy 157
9 Master of Their Own House: African Training and Western Advice 191
10 Endorsing Development in the Poor World 217
Bibliography 237
Index 243
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