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No-Nonsense Guide to International Development, 2nd Edition

By Maggie Black  

No-Nonsense Guide to International Development, 2nd Edition
  • Paperback / softback

“Overseas aid” and “international development” are catch-all terms that cover a multitude of activities – and abuses. Building dams in India, planting treesin Burkina Faso, and rescuing street children in Brazil are images of development with which we can all identify. But what few people realize is that the terms “aid” and “development” often mask confusion, contradiction, and even downright deceit.

The updated version of 2002’s best-selling No-Nonsense Guide to International Development explains what “development” actually is – and explores its political and economic roots in history. It shows what can happen in the name of development and argues for a more organic, social approach with those it seeks to serve as equal partners in the process.

Part of the No-Nonsense Guides series.

  • Paperback / softback, 144 pages
  • ISBN 9781897071335
  • Published October 2007


“I sincerely hope this No-Nonsense Guide to International Development reaches and informs a new section of thinking people across the world. Let as many of them as possible become supporters of and participants in the new politics of transformation.

– Medha Patkar, Narmada Valley People’s Movement, India

I strongly recommend you check out the No-Nonsense Guides’.

– Howard Zinn

Find out how the world really works.

– George Monbiot

Table of Contents

Foreword by Medha Patkar
Chapter 1 The History of an Idea
Chapter 2 Aid: The International Contribution
Chapter 3 Economic Development--Who Benefits?
Chapter 4 Social Progress Matters
Chapter 5 Enter 'Sustainability'
Chapter 6 Development is Political
Chapter 7 Where Next?

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