The No-nonsense Guide to International Development

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Verso, 2002 - Political Science - 144 pages
The popular image of development as a progressive force bears little relationship to reality. The economic benefits of expensive large-scale infrastructure projects have not trickled down. Increasing concern about the environmental effects of rapid industrialization and a recognition of the need for sustainable development has led to tension between the industrial countries that have already damaged their environments and the poorer countries now being urged to take a globally responsible view. In this book Maggie Black traces the history of development from its post-colonial beginnings, and examines the relationship between development and economic growth, the impact development has had on the living conditions of the poor and on the environment, and whether development will have a specific role in the future or whether it will simply be subsumed under the concept of globalization.

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A "Must Read" for any world minded reader. Maggie Black outlines in a short book what has taken politicians and bureaucrats decades to realize, the current aid system is not working. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a complete background of developmental practices post WW2.  


the NONONSENSE guide
the international contribution
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Social progress matters
Enter sustainability
Development is political
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