Development Projects for a New Millennium

Development Projects for a New Millennium

Development Projects for a New Millennium

Development Projects for a New Millennium

Synopsis

Hira and Parfitt cover new approaches and techniques related to development projects, including issues of participation, gender, and evaluation.

Excerpt

We continue to live in a world of crushing inequity and overwhelming poverty for a large part of our fellow human beings. Those of us in the First World live in a world of comforts, while many of our neighbors elsewhere live in a world of crushing day-to-day constraints. The principle idea behind development has been to bridge this gap; it is a simple idea with clear moral authority, yet, after 50 years of development aid, the 2–3 parallel worlds of comfort and misery continue. This book is designed to present in a manner accessible to students, practitioners, and researchers concrete steps to deal with the new situation of development after the end of the Cold War and in the new millennium. Postmodernism, as we explain later in this chapter, has raised some serious questions about the very meaning of development as well as how it can be carried out, but has never really been applied to project analysis. We hope this book will be a first step in bringing together a new set of ideas, practices, opportunities, constraints, and problems suggested by postmodern theory that we believe can be applied to development projects. Our postmodern concerns are reflected in a number of exciting new initiatives in development project management that we hope to share with the development community in this book. As academics, we aspire not only to bring critical analysis to the new reality, but also to help to push development project management forward in a way that is more satisfying to the participants in development projects, and that ultimately leads to longer-lasting and palpable impacts.

Before breaching the present confusion that surrounds development aid, we should briefly review the nature of aid. In the process, we will discuss the various definitions of aid, and how both the post—Cold War context and a . . .

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