Finding a Way in International Development Options for Ethical and Effective Work

ISBN-10: 1565495675
ISBN-13: 9781565495678
Edition: 2013
Authors: Sarah Parkinson
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List price: $28.50
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers
Publication date: 7/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Development workers face different levels of influence on their work. Social and political influences work at the broadest level, shaping governmental and multilateral policies about what international development should do and why and how it should be funded. Institutional and inter-institutional policy, culture and practice give rise to the immediate working environment, varying from agency to agency. Aid workers themselves bring a set of understandings about aid, development and the nature of their own roles. By stepping back and engaging in reflective practice, workers can deepen their understanding of these factors and decide which they can usefully harness, which they may be able to change, and which they must work within or around. This is precisely what Sarah Parkinson does in her examination of the development enterprise.Based on the author’s own experiences as an aid worker and supplemented by interviews with over 150 development practitioners who collectively have over 2,000 years of experience in over 130 countries, Something Bigger than Ourselvesanswers questions about professional identity in the ethically challenging field of international development. Filled with illustrative examples from a wide range of contexts, the book addresses head-on the concerns of many working in or considering careers in international development about whether their actions will be beneficial, ineffectual or even harmful.

Sarah Parkinson began working in international development in 1993 and has since lived and worked in countries in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Her experiences ranged from volunteering in Grenada with a small development NGO to reviewing grant proposals for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), headquartered in Ottawa, and engaging in research collaborations with the Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) based in Cali, Colombia and the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), a Ugandan government programme designed with input from the World Bank. Most recently, from 2008 until early 2011, she worked as Communication and Advocacy Manager for the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit based in Kabul. Parkinson now works as a consultant on monitoring and evaluation and research, and is based in Ottawa.

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