Aiding Violence: The Development Enterprise in Rwanda

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Kumarian Press, 1998 - Business & Economics - 275 pages
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This book should be read by everyone involved in development. For those with some knowledge of Rwanda, reading it is nothing short of a cathartic experience. Much of what Peter Uvin has distilled so carefully and passionately from the Rwandan experience is also painfully relevant for other parts of the world. - Development in Practice Paradigm-rocking... simply must be required reading for anyone who desires to set foot in an African nation, no matter how noble or lofty their goals. - WorldViews An invaluable anatomy of the way development aid to Rwanda before the genocide contributed to what took place - essential reading for anyone with a tender conscience and a strong stomach. - The New Republic *Winner of the African Studies Association's 1999 Herskovits Award *A boldly critical look at structural violence relating to the 1994 Rwanda genocide Aiding Violence expresses outrage at the contradiction of massive genocide in a country considered by Western aid agencies to be a model of development. Focusing on the 1990s dynamics of militarization and polarization that resulted in genocide, Uvin reveals how aid enterprises reacted, or failed to react, to those dynamics. By outlining the profound structural basis on which the genocidal edifice was built, the book exposes practices of inequality, exclusion, and humiliation throughout Rwanda.
  

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This is another book from the west where another western scholr wanted to write about Rwandan genocide. It is unrealistic to say that the Rwandan genocide happened because of economic problem that Rwanda was facing in 1980s. If it iwas about economy the Rwandan conflict would have taken another shape not the way it did happen. From a conflict analyst point of view and to have been born and raised in Rwanda I have more authority to review this book. This book is one of those books written a way long before the Rwandan genocide happened with very little or no enough knowledge of the Rwandan conflict dynamics. here is what happened contrary to the causes this book is describing:
Rwandan genocide happened because of the minerals in DRC that the western economy badly needed. they had predicted the 2007-10 recession and they were looking for raw materials to sustain their ever dwindling economy. Rwanda was an easy catch since it had Tuts refugees in Uganda who had supported Museveni to rule Baganda people so it was very easy for Clinton and Blair to recruit these rebels to come and kill their much hated enemies in order to pave the road to go and loot DRC. That is what happened briefly. to say that Rwanda massacre happened because of economic reasons within Rwanda that is a misplaced analysis of conflict. the massacre happened because of the issue of identity conflict, power struggle, and long held perception. if you want to know more about what caused Rwandan genocide I would invite you to read these two links:http://www.fordschool.umich.edu/news/events/?event_id=154
http://www.rwandadocumentsproject.net/gsdl/cgi-bin/library I will be back with more analysis
 

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Contents

A Contested History
13
Strategies for Elite Consolidation
19
The Image of Rwanda in the Development Community
40
Political and Economic Crises and the Radicalization
53
The Development Community
82
The Condition of Structural Violence
103
From Structural to Acute Violence
109
The Role of Civil Society and Ecological
161
The Role of Ecological Resource Scarcity
180
Why Did People Participate in Genocide? A Theoretically
205
Conclusions and Paths for Reflection
224
Bibliography
239
Index
263
About the Author
275
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Peter Uvin is the Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. He received his doctorate in international relations from the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales, University of Geneva. He has been a Research Associate Professor at the Watson Institute of International Affairs, Brown University, and has taught at New Hampshire College and the Graduate School of Development Studies, Geneva. For the last 20 years, he has worked periodically in Africa as a development practitioner and consultant, recently collaborating with UNDP, the OECD, and Belgian, Dutch, Danish, and British bilateral agencies. His book, Aiding Violence: The Development Enterprise in Rwanda, won the 1999 African Studies Association Herskovits Award for the most outstanding book on Africa.

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