What Can Be Done?
by Meas Nee (1999)
An extract from his book Towards Restoring Life in Cambodian Villages.
A poetic story of remarkably respectful facilitation of development in deeply traumatised communities in Cambodia.
Good donor-recipient relationship practice
In this review, commissioned by the Rural Education Access Programme (REAP), on lessons from their partnership with their donor, Irish Aid, Lynette Maart explores the question of what constitutes good donor-recipient relationship practice.
Building inclusive development partnerships: some reflections and questions for practitioners
by Barry Smith (2007)
The rhetoric of 'partnership' is all the rage in development. It is a commonplace that no one sector, or set of actors, can take exclusive responsibility for meeting the challenges of entrenched poverty and social exclusion. But we need to get beyond the conventional discourse of fuzzy, 'feel-good' partnerships or of public-private partnerships that often amount to little more than technical models or variations on the privatization of public services. A wider and more inclusive notion of 'partnership' and 'the public interest' is needed, premised on the requirement for broader public accountability, transparency, good governance and 'power-sharing' between stakeholders and sectors.
The Rights-Based Approach to Development: Potential for Change or More of the Same?
by Dzodzi Tsikata (2004)
A "Rights-Based Approach" to development, as articulated in a particular way, has gained much currency in the development sector. Dzodzi Tsikata has kindly allowed us to reprint her very thoughtful and stimulating reflection.
Monitoring: a learning opportunity to foster accountability - A challenge for donors
by Khanyisa Balfour (2003)
A guest writing by a practitioner who has experience in working for local South African donor agencies, posing some interesting and provocative challenges to donor practice.
Questionable experiences in Cambodia
by Enda Moclair (2002)
"Questions can be like coins tinkling in our pockets."
Working with questions
by Paulien Fopma (2002)
"Learning and change happen around a question"
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism - A book feature
by Naomi Klein (2007). Penguin Press.
In THE SHOCK DOCTRINE, Naomi Klein explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically. Exposing the thinking, the money trail and the puppet strings behind the world-changing crises and wars of the last four decades, The Shock Doctrine is the gripping story of how America's 'free market' policies have come to dominate the world-- through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries. We re-publish here 4 extracts.
Drinking from the Poisoned Chalice - How the demands of the 'development industry' undermine the resourcefulness and identity of Community-Based Organisations
by Schirin Yachkaschi (2006)
"...This means in practice that CBOs will have to go through a lot of restructuring and redefinition, which might actually change the nature of their organisation in order to fit with what is required. They will try to formalise and function in a more professional way, and gain capacity to manage finances according to rules established for others. Essentially CBOs are being channelled into becoming closer in nature to what we normally describe as an NGO...In doing the work asked of us we might override the actual capacities and strengths inherent in the CBO with no guarantee that funders will decide to give their support."
Financing Development Practice - How can we start to make the difference that makes a difference?
by John Wilson; Dan Taylor (2004)
Written by two experienced development workers who have worked on both sides of the donor funding fence, this thoughtful paper questions the nature of funding received by development organisations. They argue that there needs to be a fundamental change in the relationship between donors and recipients, because the current nature of such relationships is dysfunctional. The paper includes an analysis of some of the various agencies involved in funding development, and concludes by looking at the way forward, proposing what needs to change in order to establish good development practice.
Globalisation Briefing Paper
by Heather De Wet (2002)
A succinct 5-page description of the ins and outs of globalisation with some implications for development practitioners.
Participatory Research And Community Organizing
by Sung Sil Lee Sohng (1995)
"...Originally designed to resist the intellectual colonialism of western social research into the third world development process, participatory research developed a methodology for involving disenfranchised people as researchers in pursuit of answers to the questions of their daily struggle and survival..."