Dichter, Thomas W.

Despite good intentions : why development assistance to the third world has failed / Thomas W. Dichter. - Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 2003. - xiii, 303 p. ; 25 cm.

Online version:
Dichter, Thomas W.
Despite good intentions.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 2003
(OCoLC)647376217

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction/The Great Paradox of Development Assistance --
Romance --
Illusion --
The Developing World and Its Condition --
A Straw in the Wind --
Being Useful or Being Used --
The Evolution of the Idea of Development --
Warm Bodies --
Sliding toward Dependency --
Development Assistance as an Industry (the "Dev Biz") --
Trying Simply to Help --
Avoiding History --
The Helper and the Helped --
Confusing Stakes --
The Consequences of Avoiding Certain Universals of Human Nature --
Spare No Expense--the Very Best --
For the People, By the People --
The Mismatch of Organizational Imperatives and Money --
Position, Not Condition --
Headless Chickens --
The Professionalization of Development --
Too Many Cooks --
Rhetorical Support --
Marketing Development --
Unintended Consequences --
The People's Program --
Conclusion/The Case for a Radical Reduction in Development Assistance. Table of contents



1558493921 (cloth : alk. paper) 155849393X (pbk. : alk. paper)

2002010178


Economic assistance--Evaluation.--Developing countries
Poverty--Developing countries.

Domestic economic assistance-Developing countries Foreign aid Poverty-Developing countries

HC60 / .D485 2003

338.91091724 / DID 2003

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