Adventures in the Aid Trade: Forty Years Practising Development in Forty Countries


Being an expatriateCross-fertilising between developing countriesWorking for governments or NGOsLooking a fter a familyMorality, ethics and codes of conductWhat is in the book?Useful comparable literatureKey termsNotesAddis Ababa, Ethiopia and street children, 1966–69: trying hard to keep a welfare institution goingSelling imported second-hand clothing that could not be sold!Making playgroundsPuppet shows and satirical sketchesKesh-KeshThe Ministry of FinanceWhat did I learn from the coalface?What happened to it all?What were we thinking at the time?NotesMaun, Botswana, 1970–72: making technical education pay for itselfClassroom workCompetition from the tourist tradeRaising moneyRecruiting traineesGovernment takeoverWhat did I learn from the coalface?What happened to it all?What were we thinking at the time?NotesSouth Sudan, 1973–75: reconstructing the country in its one short period of peaceWhat did I learn from the coalface?What happened to it all?What were we thinking at the time?NotesLSE and Patchwork Community, 1970–76: keeping in touch with the UKWhat did I learn from the coalface?What happened to it all?What were we thinking at the time?NotesDominica, West Indies, 1976–78: demanding assistance from the State or the joys of self-helpWhat did I learn from the coalface?What happened to it all?What were we thinking at the time?NotesSouth Pacific, 1979–80: appropriate technology, ideologues and small gainsPapua New Guinea and ethanol from biofuelsSolomon Islands: growing vegetables in the rainforest and moving on from shifting cultivationPNG again: airlifting oxen trained to ploughBiogas all over the placeMicro-hydro – also all over the placeWhat did Ilearn from the coalface?What happened to it all?And on apersonal noteWhat were we thinking at the time?Java, Indonesia, 1979–84: more AT ideologues and people’s technologyWhat did I learn from the coalface?What happened to it all?And on a personal noteWhat were we thinking at the time?NoteThe far east of Indonesia, 1979–84: Oxfam, famine in East Timor and the amazing growth of Leucaena leucocephala in NTTWhat did I learn from the coalface?What were we thinking at the time?Positive deviance, 1980–81 and 1984–85: nutrition in Indonesia and rice/fish farming in north-east ThailandJogjakarta and malnutritionNorth-east Thailand and rice/fish cultivationWhat did I learn from the coalface?What happened to it all?What were we thinking at the time?NotesBangladesh, 1989–95: NGOs, CSOs, dependence on aid and independence from aidWhat did I learn from the coalface?What happened to it all?What were we thinking at the time?NotesZambia, 1995–99: moving into advocacy from service deliveryWhat did I learn from the coalface?What happened to it all?On apersonal noteWhat were we thinking at the time?NotesCSOs everywhere, 1990 to the present: trying fundraising and resource mobilisation, not donor dependenceWhat did I learn from the coalface?What happened to it all?What were we thinking at the time?NotesIndonesia, 1999–2004: never again, neither Suharto nor his corruptionWhat did I learn from the coalface?What happened to it all?What were we thinking at the time?NoteEast Timor, 2002–04: moving from relief and human rights to development and civil rightsWhat did I learn from the coalface?What happened to it all?And on apersonal noteWhat were we thinking at the time?NotesTajikistan, 2005–10: persuading ex-apparatchiks that citizens can do good without the StateWhat did I learn from the coalface?What happened to it all?And on apersonal noteWhat were we thinking at the time?NoteDifferent countries in Africa, 2005–10: building integrity and CSO standards as an alternative to fighting corruptionComic booksIntegrity Guidance ManualSchool Civics videos and integrity education for youthWhat did I learn from the coalface?What happened to it all?Personnel recollectionsWhat were we thinking at the time?NotesNepal, 2010–13: the birth of social accountability, digging down into corruption and half-hearted efforts to control itWhat did I learn from the coalface?What happened to it all?What were we thinking at the time?NotesMyanmar, 2015–16: watching a country become aid-dependent and doing nothing about corruptionSPECTRUM and ECCDIALARMWhat did I learn from the coalface?What happened to it all?And on apersonal noteWhat were we thinking at the time?NotesEast Africa, 2018–19: social accountability neutered by corruptionSocial accountability (reprise)GovernancePublic servicesSuccesses of social accountabilityMaladministration or corruptionMaladministrationCorruptionWhat can social accountability do in contexts of pervasive corruption?Ethics and integrity with reference to corruptionWhat did I learn from the coalface?What happened to it all?And on a personal noteWhat were we thinking at the time?NotesReflections: bringing it all togetherSuggestions of roads to followAnd where do you stand in all this?How has the aid industry changed in my time?VocabularyAnd the next generationIf you want to learn moreNotes
 
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