Development Cooperation in a Fractured Global Order: An Arduous Transition

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IDRC, 1999 - Business & Economics - 197 pages
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Annotation. The turbulence the world is experiencing approaching the 21st century is not just because of the end of the Cold War, the end of the Golden Age, or the beginning of the Information Revolution. Fundamentally it signals the end of the Baconian Age, which began almost 400 years ago when Sir Francis Bacon set out his concepts of progress and development, concepts that have shaped human endeavors ever since. What does the end of the Baconian Age mean to the future of development cooperation? What does it mean for the lives of the world's poor and hungry? This book traces the evolution of development cooperation to its impending doom, examines the main trends and changes in the international environment, and explores the future of international development assistance.

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Alcalde is Director of AGENDA.

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