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"The Transformation of Capacity in International Development" exposes the transformation of capacity within the development discourse through a discursive analysis of USAID projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan between 1977 and 2017. As development agendas increasingly call for human rights approaches to development and the foreign policies of donor states sound alarms over global security threats, capacity development has emerged as the solution to the complex problem of development. Through this examination of USAID’s attempts to build capacity in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the book exposes how Western notions of progress, constructed by institutions, government offcials, scholars and private sector actors, are obscured by the transformation of capacity. As agendas are translated into projects, they perpetuate historical relationships of global inequality that have corrupted and compete with indigenous models of governance. The Transformation of Capacity in International Development has implications for those considering the future of human rights–based approaches to development, the international management of global security threats and the sustainability of donor investments.
|Series:||Anthem Sociological Perspectives on Human Rights and Development|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Avideh K. Mayville is a program manager, researcher and leader with over a decade of experience across non-profits, think tanks and higher education institutions. Her areas of speciality include globalization and development policy, development in conflict environments (specifically Central Asia), the security-development nexus and transnational militancy.