Relationships for Aid
* Leading development specialists such as Robert Chambers outline a new aid system that will actually work for people in need * Provides a much needed critical assessment of why the current top-down international aid system is failing those in poverty * Key examples of successes and failures from DFID, SIDA, and Action Aid, some of the largest and most influential governmental and NGO aid agencies Events such as Live 8 and the G8 Summit focusing on aid and poverty relief have turned the world spotlight on these issues like never before. Yet the top-down international aid system is failing to respond to the needs of the very people it purports to help, and is thus failing in the task of reducing poverty and building global security. This book, authored by an internationally renowned group of aid practitioners, cuts to the root of the problem, which is that policy prescription and an overwhelming concern with measuring financial results mean that aid organizations treat recipients as powerless, voiceless entities rather than active partners in a working relationship. The solution is for aid agencies to reorient their priorities and learn how to build lasting partnerships that transfer power to the very people locked in poverty. More than just a critique, the authors offer a practical framework for understanding relationships in the international aid system and look at the relevance of organizational learning theory that is widely used in business. The Contributors: Katherine Pasteur, Institute of Development Studies (IDS); Rosalind David and Antonella Mancini, Action Aid; Patta Scott Villiers, IDS; Andrea Cornwall, IDS; Garrett Pratt, CIDA; Robert Chambers, IDS; Renwick Irvine, EmilyLarbi Jones, and Ana Cortes, DFID; Rosalind Eyben and Cathy Shutt, IDS; Fiona Wilson, University of Roskilde, Denmark; John Crabtree, independent development consultant, Oxford; and Irene Gujit, Learning by Design Consultants. (Companion to Inclusive Aid, ISBN 1 84407 033 6)
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