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Rethinking poverty alleviation: a 'poverties' approach

This article argues that the practice of poverty alleviation is greatly limited by a vision of poverty that fails to capture the locally specific causes of and solutions to the challenges that threaten human well-being. This problematic vision of poverty ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-10-28 17:34

Opportunities for the UN and civil society to collaborate more effectively

In 2002, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan established a Panel on UN Civil Society Relations, to which were appointed more than a dozen `eminent persons'. The establishment of this Panel was a signal that the UN at its highest levels recognised, rightly, th ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:45

Development? Freedom? Whose development and freedom?

This paper critiques the ‘freedom-centred’ view of development by arguing that while development must be about expanding peoples’ freedoms, the dynamics of power between ‘developers’ and ‘developees’ must not be ignored. There is little analysis of the im ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-10-28 17:37

Arms sales and development: making the critical connection

This Research Round-up summarises the findings of the 2004 Control Arms Report: Guns or Growth? Assessing the Impact of Arms Sales on Sustainable Development, published by Amnesty International, IANSA, and Oxfam International, in association with Ploughsh ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:50

Post-war aid: patterns and purposes

A recent report by the World Bank reiterates the widely-held view that donor agencies commit large amounts of funding in the immediate post-conflict phase, only for this to taper off to more `normal' levels once the crisis is over. The World Bank criticis ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:52

A peasant farmers' literacy programme

Literacy gives people a framework for critical thinking and informed action. A number of peasant farmers' organisations have developed in the wake of economic restructuring in Honduras, Central America. The authors describe and assess the Literacy Program ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:53

Challenging conventional views on mobile telecommunications investment: evidence from conflict zones

Huge amounts are being invested in information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as mobile phones and their telecommunications infrastructure. Development agencies provide a conventional view on the ‘climate’ needed to encourage suc ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-10-28 17:34

Decentralising urban health activities in developing countries: issues in planning

While there is considerable documented experience of decentralisation of health services in rural areas of developing countries, the decentralisation of health services in the urban context is rarely analysed. Urban development literature usually fails to ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:54

Empowerment examined

'Empowerment' is a term often used in development work, but rarely defined. This article explores the meaning of empowerment, in the context of its root-concept, power. Different understandings of what constitutes power lead to a variety of interpretation ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:55

Editorial 5(4)

In English only Author:  Eade, Deborah Issue:  V ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:55