Critical readings

Some critical readings on the theme of aid, global justice and NGOs (please use the comment box below to suggest more):

The Missionary Position: NGOs and development in Africa (2002) – by Firoze Manji and Carl O’Coill

Imperialism and NGOs in Latin America (1997) – by James Petras

Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark: How development has disappeared from today’s ‘development’ discourse (2010) – by Ha-Joon Chang

History of African Development Initiatives (2003) – by Anthony Baah

The role of NGOs and civil society in development and poverty reduction (2012) – by Nicola Banks and David Hulme

Make Poverty History: Africanisation and the Erosion of Global Social Justice (2007) – by Graham Harrison

Understanding Public Attitudes to Aid and Development (2012) – by Alex Glennie, Will Straw and Leni Wild

Finding Frames: New ways to engage the UK public in global poverty (2011) – by Andrew Darnton and Martin Kirk (esp pp36-40, and 90-94)

Demystifying Aid (2011) – by Yash Tandon; requires payment of £2.50 to download


4 Responses to Critical readings

  1. I would like to suggest an additional resource from the IDS Participation, Power and Social Change Team. ‘Changing the World by Changing Ourselves’ by Cathy Shutt contributes to ongoing reflections and debates about if, and how, big international NGOs (BINGOs) can be more effective agents of ‘progressive social change’. This can be downloaded at

  2. acornwall says:

    You might also be interested in this collection of short pieces on development buzzwords, which is free to download from the Oxfam site
    Deconstructing Development Discourse: Buzzwords and Fuzzwords

  3. I humbly suggest Paved with Good Intentions: Canada’s development NGOs from idealism to imperialism:

    “‘NGOs are as Canadian as hockey,’ a 1988 Parliamentary report declared. Few institutions embody the image of Canada’s international benevolence like non-governmental organizations devoted to development abroad. But do the actions of Canadian NGOs genuinely match this perception? Ranging from poverty in Africa to turmoil in Haiti, from Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to the Afghanistan war, Paved with Good Intentions uncovers the darker side of the role played by NGOs.”

  4. hattieb1 says:

    Recommended to read: Derek Rasmussen (2002) Qallunology: A Pedagogy For The Oppressor. Philosophy of Education:

    I have studied the political economy of development, and have read a lot around it, but recently came across this article and it blew me away.

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