Cultivating development: an ethnography of aid policy and practice

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Pluto Press, 2005 - Business & Economics - 315 pages
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Development agencies and researchers are preoccupied with policy; with exerting influence over policy, linking research to policy and with implementing policy around the world. But what if development practice is not driven by policy? Suppose that the things that make for 'good policy' - policy that legitimises and mobilises political support - in reality make it impossible to implement? By focusing in detail on the unfolding activities of a development project in western India over more than ten years, as it falls under different policy regimes, this book takes a close look at the relationship between policy and practice in development. David Mosse shows how the actions of development workers are shaped by the exigencies of organisations and the need to maintain relationships rather than by policy; but also that development actors work hardest of all to maintain coherent representations of their actions as instances of authorised policy. Raising unfamiliar questions, Mosse provides a rare self-critical reflection on practice, while refusing to endorse current post-modern dismissal of development.

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First hand insight into development practice from an ethnographical POV. That's enough for me. Read full review

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The background of this study is incredibly contentious and, unfortunately, most of the reviews center around the "ethics of anthropology," but I do think its an important read for people working in international NGOs. Read full review

Contents

The Ethnography of Polity and Practice
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Framing a Participatory Development Project
21
Tribal Livelihoods and the Development Frontier
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About the author (2005)

David Mosse is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is author of The Rule of Water: Statecraft, Ecology and Collective Action in South India (Oxford University Press, 2003).