Deconstructing Development Discourse: Buzzwords and Fuzzwords

Deconstructing Development Discourse: Buzzwords and Fuzzwords

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ISBN-13: 9781853397066
Publisher: Practical Action Publishing
Publication date: 12/28/2010
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Andrea Cornwall is a Professor in the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, UK. Her main work is in the anthropology of participation and democracy, masculinities, women's empowerment and women's rights, and sexualities.

Deborah Eade became editor of the international journal Development in Practice in 1991 and has published extensively on international development and humanitarian issues. She was an independent consultant based in Mexico before becoming Oxfam GB’s Deputy Regional Representative for Mexico and Central America (1984-1991).

Table of Contents

Preface Deborah Eade vii

1 Introductory overview - buzzwords and fuzzwords: deconstructing development discourse Andrea Cornwall 1

2 Development as a buzzword Gilbert Rist 19

3 Words count: taking a count of the changing language of British aid Naomi Alfini Robert Chambers 29

4 Poverty reduction John Toye 45

5 Social protection Guy Standing 53

6 Globalisation Shalmali Guttal 69

7 The F-word and the S-word - too much of one and not enough of the other Cassandra Balchin 81

8 Participation: the ascendancy of a buzzword in the neo-liberal era Pablo Alejandro Leal 89

9 Citizenship: a perverse confluence Evelina Dagnino 101

10 Taking the power out of empowerment - an experiential account Srilatha Batliwala 111

11 Social capital Ben Fine 123

12 Reflections on relationships: the nature of partnership according to five NGOs in southern Mexico Miguel Pickard 135

13 Talking of gender: words and meanings in development organisations Ines Smyth 143

14 Sustainability Ian Scoones 153

15 From the right to development to the rights-based approach: how 'human rights' entered development Peter Uvin 163

16 Civil society Neera Chandhoke 175

17 Public advocacy and people-centred advocacy: mobilising for social change John Samuel 185

18 NGOs: between buzzwords and social movements Islah Jad 193

19 Capacity building: who builds whose capacity? Deborah Eade 203

20 Harmonisation: how is the orchestra conducted? Rosalind Eyben 215

21 'Country ownership': a term whose time has gone Willem H. Buiter 223

22 Best of practices? Warren Feek 231

23 Peacebuilding does not build peace Tobias Denskus 235

24 The uncertain relationship between transparency and accountability Jonathan Fox 245

25 Corruption Elizabeth Harrison 257

26 'Good governance': the itinerary of an idea Thandika Mkandawire 265

27 The discordant voices of security Robin Luckham 269

28 Fragile states Eghosa E. Osaghae 281

29 'Knowledge management': a case study of the World Bank's Research Department Robin Broad 293

Coda Deborah Eade 305

Index 307

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