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Harmonisation: How is the Orchestra Conducted?

Front cover of Bulletin 37.6, Exploring Power for Change

Exploring Power for Change

Concepts and methods of participation' are used increasingly to shape policy and deliver services. Such approaches throw new light on complex interactions within and between society and state institutions at all levels. More details

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Relationships for Aid

This book, authored by an internationally renowned group of aid practitioners reveals the contradictions and challenges. International development organisations combine the unbridled play of power and arrogant amnesia with serious and innovative efforts to create a more democratic world, to support transformative learning and to strengthen accountability. More details

IDS Policy Briefing

The Power of Labelling in Development Practice

We all label ourselves and others to signal different aspects of our identities. Labels are a means to construct our social world: they define norms in relation to others who bear similar or different labels. More details

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The Road not Taken: International Aid's Choice of Copenhagen Over Beijing

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Supporting rights and nurturing networks: the case of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Peru

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Implications for Aid Practice: Taking a Citizen's Perspective

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The Power of the Gift and the New Aid Modalities

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Whose aid? The case of the Bolivian elections project

Today international development policy is converging around ideas of neoliberal reform, democratisation and poverty reduction. What does this mean for the local and international dimensions of aid relationships? The Aid Effect demonstrates the fruitfulness of an ethnographic approach to aid, policy reform and global governance. More details

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Donors' Learning Difficulties

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Inclusive Citizenship

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Political and Social Inequality: A Review

Some two years ago the Department for International Development (DfID) commissioned a bibliography on inequality. It was subsequently noted that this had concentrated on 'economic' inequality and it was thought it might be helpful if this were balanced by a complementary review looking at 'social' and 'political' inequality. More details

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Immersions for Policy and Personal Change

Senior staff in aid agencies are involved in daily decisions about policy and practice which have direct impact on the lives of poor people. But in a rapidly changing world, how can they be sure that they are basing those decisions on up-to-date information about what poor people want and would consider to be most helpful? More details

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Relationships Matter for Supporting Change in Favour of Poor People

IDS Discussion paper

Learning from Poor People's Lives: Immersions

IDS Working Paper

Why and How to Aid 'Middle Income Countries'

The amount of aid that flows to 'Middle Income Countries' (MICs) has recently been challenged and some donors are shifting the balance of their aid so that more goes to poorer countries. Is there still a role for aid to MICs and what should that role be? More details

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Donors as Political Actors: Fighting the Thirty Years War in Bolivia

Based on the author's own experience as head of a bilateral agency country office, the paper tells a story about how the donor community became engaged in a conflict about monitoring the Poverty Reduction Strategy. More details

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Mainstreaming the Social Dimension into the Overseas Development Administration: A Partial History

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Implications for UK Aid of Current Thinking on Poverty Reduction

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