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The development industry has been criticized recently from very diverse quarters. This book is a nuanced and original investigation of Northern donor agency personnel as they deliver aid in Tanzania. The author explores in particular how donor identities are manifested in the practices of development aid, and how calls for equal partnership between North and South are often very different in practice. She demonstrates the conflicts and tensions in the development aid process. These reflect both the longstanding critique of the Eurocentric nature of development, and discourse that still assumes images of the superior, initiating, efficient 'donor' as opposed to the inadequate, passive, unreliable 'partner' or recipient. This book will be useful to students seeking an introduction to postcolonial studies and the ways in which it can throw light on contemporary social realities, and to scholars interested in the ethnographic realities of aid delivery.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842774151
ISBN-10: 1842774158
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 135mm x 12mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Maria Erikson Baaz

Maria Eriksson Baaz is a researcher at the Department of Peace and Development Research (Padrigu), Goteborg University, where she obtained her PhD. She has recently been a visiting professor at Dublin City University and guest researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute. Besides lecturing at Padrigu and DCU she has lectured extensively at development organizations. Baaz has published several articles in her field.