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Between a Swamp and a Hard Place: Developmental Challenges in Remote Rural Africa
     

Between a Swamp and a Hard Place: Developmental Challenges in Remote Rural Africa

by David Chamberlin Cole, Richard Huntington, Richard Huntington
 

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In a remote area of Sudan, the Abyei project embodied the idealistic hopes of the "new directions" for development aid of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Within this optimistic context, Harvard Institute for International Development was invited to assist the leaders of the Ngok Dinka people in developing their homeland. The goal was to discover and implement

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In a remote area of Sudan, the Abyei project embodied the idealistic hopes of the "new directions" for development aid of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Within this optimistic context, Harvard Institute for International Development was invited to assist the leaders of the Ngok Dinka people in developing their homeland. The goal was to discover and implement innovations that would benefit the local population in a sustainable manner.

Between a Swamp and a Hard Place traces the project's evolution and analyzes its successes and failures as the region slipped toward civil disorder and inter-ethnic violence. The authors also document the continued relevance of the development principles that animated this effort—including strong participation by the intended beneficiaries—which are still important for achieving economic growth in rural Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674068605
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Series:
Harvard Institute for International Development Series
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.12(d)

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