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The No-Nonsense Guide to International Development, Second Edition

The No-Nonsense Guide to International Development, Second Edition    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-897071-33-5
Pages 152
Language English only
Price $16.00
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Written by Maggie Black.
Published in Canada in association with New Internationalist Publications™ Ltd. by Between the Lines, 2007.


This guide explains what ‘development’ actually is – and explores its political and economic roots in history. It shows what can happen in the name of development and argues for a more organic, social approach with those it seeks to serve as equal partners in the process.

‘Overseas aid’ and ‘international development’ are catch-all terms that cover a multitude of activities – and abuses. Building dams in India, planting trees in Burkina Faso and rescuing street children in Brazil are images of development with which we can all identify. But what few people realize is that the terms aid and development often mask confusion, contradiction, and even downright deceit. In this No-Nonsense Guide, Maggie Black exposes the hypocrisy and reveals a more accurate picture of what is happening in development’s name, arguing for a process to be put in place that truly defends the interests of poor people.

About the author: Maggie Black has written books for UNICEF, and Oxfam. She has worked as a consultant for UNICEF, Anti-Slavery International, and WaterAid, among others, and has written for the Guardian, The Economist and BBC World Service.

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