International Development

  • The Aid Triangle

    Recognising the Human Dynamics of Dominance, Justice and Identity

    By Stuart C. Carr, Malcolm MacLachlan and Eilish McAuliffe     May 2010

    The Aid Triangle focuses on the human dynamics of international aid, from impoverished farmers to aid workers, donor diplomats to multilateral bureaucrats, celebrities to activists, and to the unconcerned and uninvolved. This timely work illustrates how the aid system incorporates power relationships, and therefore relationships of dominance. It explores how such dominance can be both a cause and a consequence of injustice and how the experience of injustice is both a challenge and a stimulus to personal, community and national identity - and argues that these identities underlie the human potential that international aid should seek to enrich. Using these concepts of dominance, injustice and identity The Aid Triangle provides an innovative and constructive framework for producing more empowering and more effective aid. Written by three authoritative academics with the dirt of aid and development under their fingernails, this book beckons a new paradigm for aid by thinking it through, ‘as if people mattered.’

  • Global Capitalism in Crisis

    Karl Marx & The Decay of the Profit System

    By Murray E.G.  Smith     March 2010

    The world economy is currently experiencing a devastating slump not seen since the Second World War. Unemployment rates are skyrocketing and salaries are plummeting in the developed world, while astronomical food prices and starvation ravage the developing world. The crisis in global capitalism, Smith argues, should be understood as both a composite crisis of overproduction, credit and finance, and a deep-seated systemic crisis. Using Marx to analyze the origins, implications and scope of the current economic slump, this book argues that the crisis needs to be understood structurally, as the result of a system prone to crisis, rather than as an aberration.

  • Development Has a Woman’s Face

    Insights from within the UN

    By Krishna Ahoojapatel     April 2008

    “The richness of Krishna Ahoojapatel’s analysis of the connections between women and the economy comes from the diversity of her engagements as a UN policymaker, an academic and an activist. Her analysis is therefore multidimensional. It is not a historical work, but captures four decades of changes in policies, in paradigms and in women’s lives. It is rare to see such different strands come together in one person and one book.” –Vandana Shiva, Founder/Director, Research Foundation of Science, Technology & Ecology, New Dehli.

  • Doing Missionary Work

    The World Bank and the Diffusion of Financial Practices

    By Dean Neu and Elizabeth Ocampo     April 2008

    The more things change, the more they remain the same: the image of David Livingstone toiling in Africa has been replaced by the image of a well-dressed World Bank bureaucrat travelling by jet, dropping in to consult with governments in the developing world before returning home. Likewise, the tools of missionary work have changed. While the promise of betterment and salvation remains, a testament that talks about planning mechanisms, performance indicators and financial reports has replaced the Bible. Through a study of education reform in Latin America, this book examines how these financial missions ‘work’ and the intended and unintended consequences.

  • Technological Transformation and Development in the South

    By Krishna Ahoojapatel, Surendra J. Patel and Henry Veltmeyer     April 2008

    These essays cover approximately a half a century from approximately the 1960s to the end of the millennium. Patel begins with a broad review of changes in the world economy in the second half of the twentieth century and then summarizes its main features. “In all his work, Surendra Patel was purposeful in making the science of economics work for the betterment of the human race. He had the rare ability to make economic statistics talk to us, to chart the remarkable achievements of the third world in the four decades following decolonization…”–Kari Polanyi-Levitt, Honourary President of Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

  • Illusion or Opportunity

    Civil Society and the Quest for Social Change

    By Henry Veltmeyer     January 2007

    The failure of development strategies in the past few decades has given rise to a worldwide movement in the direction of “another development.” This is a form of development that is social as well as economic, oriented towards people’s basic needs, people-centred and initiated from below. It is human in scale and form, equitable and socially more inclusive, capacitating and empowering of the poor, sustainable in terms of both the environment and livelihoods, participatory and community-based. This concern for another development is a major theme of this book, which includes a series of analytical probes into the dynamics of social change–its theory and practice.

  • Development After Globalization

    Theory and Practice for the Embattled South in a New Imperial Age

    By John Saul     January 2006

    This reflection on the situation in the countries of the global South examines their shared but diverse experiences of the hard facts of poverty and exclusion in the world of capitalist globalization. It probes the reality of ‘underdevelopment’ in an unequal world, driven by western power and capitalist profit-seeking and supported by inequalities within the countries of the ‘third world’ themselves. John Saul suggests fresh ways to consider the dynamics of this situation and seeks to rethink the ways of linking a class-based struggle with the progressive demands of gender equality and identity politics.

  • Food is Different

    Why we Must Get the WTO out of Agriculture

    By Peter M. Rosset     January 2006

    This book explains what is happening to the world’s agricultural systems and farmers under the impact of neoliberal economics. What is at stake is the very future of our global food system and each country’s agricultural and farming systems. The livelihoods of rural people in both industrial and developing countries are under threat. The book explains what is happening to agriculture in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiating context, and unravels the complex ways in which agriculture in the North is subsidized. It sets out an alternative vision for agricultural policy, which would take it completely out of the WTO’s ambit. Food is not just another commodity, but something that goes to the heart of human livelihood, culture and security.

  • Partners for Progress

    A Canada-Africa Venture in University Building

    Edited by Michael J. Larsen and James H. Morrison     January 2006

    Education is the only self-generating energy source ever discovered by human beings, and higher education has proven to be the most effective and efficient route to our social, cultural and economic growth and well-being. Tragically, the poorer nations of the developing world must send many of their most promising students abroad for higher education only to lose them to the brighter prospects of the developed world. This was a dilemma known all too well to the people of The Gambia, West Africa. Partners for Progress: A Canada-Africa Venture in University Building is the inspiring and instructive story of a partnership for progress between Saint Mary’s University in Canada and the government of The Gambia. This collaboration led to the foundation of The Gambia’s first university, enabling it to provide vastly enhanced opportunities for higher learning and research to its citizens.

  • Reclaiming Development

    Independent Thought and Caribbean Community

    By Kari Polyani Levitt     January 2005

    Caribbean governments have been quick to implement policies of deregulation, liberalization and privatization. They have been supported by their intellectuals who have been equally quick too embrace globalization and too ready to concede the end of national sovereignty.