International development is big business. Official global aid flows from North to South are over $100 billion annually. China and India, former aid recipients, are rapidly entering the field as aid providers themselves, and international charity is being redefined with the resources of private donors like the Gates Foundation, for example, outstripping the annual budget of long-time donors like the UK, Canada or the World Health Organization. Lacking in the literature on international development is an introductory text that provides an overview of the practices of the 'business' of development. ""How the Aid Industry Works"" provides a basic description of what aid practices are and how they evolved. The arguments of both proponents and opponents of aid are presented and analyzed, along with real-life examples of projects and programs in context. Ideal for undergraduate and graduate students encountering the subject of development for the first time, the book also serves as an overview for development practitioners who want a handy reference covering the universe they inhabit.
Publisher: Kumarian Press
Number of pages: 237
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
In a field littered with hyper-optimism and hyper-pessimism about aid as a weapon to end global poverty, this is a much welcome volume that goes beyond whether aid works to help understand how the aid industry works. Written by an insider, it tells us the complex realities of the development challenge and what external inputs can contribute as well as the perverse impacts they may have. These are insights that are essential to going beyond whether aid works to how it can be made to work. This is a must read before anyone forms an opinion."