Inside the Everyday Lives of Development Workers: The Challenges and Futures of Aidland

Fechter, Anne-Meike (ed)
Hindman, Heather (ed)
Kumarian Press, Sterling, VA, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-56549-323-0, 195 pp.
Reviewed by or other comment: 

Thomas Franklin
New York, USA


This collection of short academic papers presents the day-to-day reality of development work as a central factor in the effectiveness of overseas aid and a legitimate field for anthropological study. The ‘Aidland’ of the book's subtitle is not a geographical concept; it is a metaphorical conceit to make the point that the lives and worlds of both those who are ‘doing development’ and those ‘being developed’ play a role in the process of programme implementation.

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