Why do some development projects succeed, where others fail? This book examines the overlooked success stories, and considers what enabled them to alleviate poverty in some of the world's most deprived communities. Using case studies from ten countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia, Tiwari's innovative approach offers a multi-layered understanding of poverty which provides insights into causal, enabling, and impeding factors.
While a macro level analysis of development is a common feature of the current literature, there has been little attempt to develop a micro level understanding of development at the grassroots. Tiwari's work fills this important gap, while drawing attention to the importance of engaging local actors at an individual, collective and state level, demonstrating how achieving a 'convergence' of goals among all actors is a crucial and unheeded component to a development project's success. Looking beyond the case studies to consider how this unique 'convergence framework' might be usefully applied to other contexts, the book has profound implications for how we view fragile states and conflict zones, and the ability of the international agencies to take effective action.
A unique study based on extensive empirical research, Why Some Development Works will make essential reading for students and researchers studying international development across the social sciences, as well as humanitarian and development practitioners.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 176
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
In contrast to prevailing narratives of environmental doom and social division, Meera Tiwari explores the politics of developmental success in recent decades. She shows that a combination of individual and collective agency and the ability to bring together state and non-state actors in pursuit of a common goal underlies both macro and micro breakthroughs, and even shows promising signs in fragile and conflict-affected states. A valuable contribution to understanding how change happens. * Dr Duncan Green, Professor in Practice in International Development at the London School of Economics, UK *
This book, by an authority on multidimensional poverty, represents a significant contribution to understanding what really works. In an era when many development programmes fail to make an impact, the convergence hypothesis explored by Meera Tiwari is much needed. Drawing on comprehensive research and expertise, this book takes as its premise that the energy, participation and aspirations of micro actors can play a critical role in the success of international development. * Diana Skelton, Policy and Practice Co-Editor at the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, and National Coordination Team of ATD Fourth World *