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Aid, NGOs and the Realities of Women's Lives
A perfect storm
Edited by Tina Wallace and Fenella Porter Aid organizations have their origins in a desire to help the world’s poorest and most marginalized people – but are they reaching these people? Factors are coming together that put pressure on NGOs working in development: the economic crisis, the growing conditionality of aid, and increased competition for funding between NGOs. This creates ‘a perfect storm’ driven by a new language of aid, policies and procedures leaving poor women behind. This book explores how international NGOs are navigating these rapid changes that challenge their role and legitimacy, values, and overall purpose. The writers see a crisis for NGOs as they are pulled further from those they claim to work with; they also explore alternative ways of conceptualizing development, and of bringing about improvements for the most marginalized and increasingly ‘unheard’ women. 2013 • 256 pages ISBN 9781853397790 Paperback £17.95 • €26.95 • $35.95 ISBN 9781853397783 Hardback £39.95 • €59.95 • $79.95 ‘This is a wake-up call to those in the development industry who are driving the current obsession with results.’Professor Andrea Cornwall, Department of Anthropology, Sussex University ‘Anyone with a personal or professional interest in development, let alone gender and development, should read this important book.’Sylvia Chant, Professor of Development Geography, London School of Economics and Political Science ‘This book is far more than a critique. The authors also offer positive examples from around the world about how conversations, evidence and relationships can be approached completely differently.’Emma Crewe, Visiting Reader and Research Associate, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS, University of London This book is essential reading for development practitioners and those working on women’s rights, as well as NGO staff , researchers, and students of development studies.
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