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The Aid Effect: giving and governing in international development

David Mosse, David Lewis| (eds)
Pluto Press (May 2006)

International development today merges the goals of neoliberal reform, democratisation and poverty reduction with a framework of 'global governance'. What does this mean for aid relationships? What influence do donors and self-governing financial institutions like the IMF and the World Bank have over nation states? Does the emphasis on local ownership, participation and good governance in fact conceal an era of greater external intervention in the internal affairs of developing countries? What perspectives, interests or conflicts are hidden behind official aid policy discources?

In this book, experienced and engaged anthropologists examine the social processes and systematic effects of a new 'global aid architecture' that has moved beyond projects to macro-level instruments of development. They show the fieldwork methodology that is anthropology's strength is a source of rare insight into aid relationships, and the personal histories, bureaucratic strategies, and communities of expertise through which global policy is framed and negotiated.

  • David Mosse is reader in social anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
  • David Lewis is reader in social policy at LSE.