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The Aid Triangle
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"Making Aid Work" 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. It explains how the experience of injustice is both a challenge to, and a stimulus to, personal, community and national identity, and how such identities underlie the human potential that international aid should seek to enrich.Using the concepts of dominance, injustice and identity "Making Aid Work" provides an innovative and constructive framework for producing more empowering and more effective aid. The authors explains how people take actions which strive to achieve identity, esteem, and empowerment and how aid efforts often present obstacles to this because they - ironically - symbolise challenges to what people strive for. "Making Aid Work" elucidates how the psychology of political reality - at all levels of aid relationships - constitutes the gravitational field in which human dynamics try to orientate themselves. 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'.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Aid 2. Dominan 3. Justice 4. Identity 5. Learning Conclusion

About the Author

Malcolm MacLachlan is with the Centre for Global Health and the School of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. He is a graduate of the universities of Cardiff, Dundee, London, Strathclyde and Dublin and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, Stellenbosch University. His research interests are in organisational aspects of international aid, enablement of people with disabilities, and the interplay between culture and health. He has worked with a broad range of NGOs and multi-lateral agencies and with Irish Aid. He is currently Research Advisor to Southern African Federation of the Disabled. Eilish Mc Auliffe is Director of the Centre for Global Health and Senior Lecturer in Health Policy and Management, Trinity College Dublin. Her research is on strengthening health systems in middle and low-income countries, with a particular focus on the human resource crisis and psychosocial aspects of HIV/AIDS, and she has contributed to books and published in peer reviewed journals on these issues. Previously, Eilish worked at the Centre for Social Research, University of Malawi. She has provided a wide range of consultancy support to governments, NGOs and professional healthcare bodies and has contributed to numerous strategy and policy documents in both high and low-income countries.Stuart C. Carr is Professor of Psychology, Industrial and Organisational Psychology Programme, Massey University. Professor Carr coordinates the Poverty Research Group, an international network focused on interdisciplinary approaches to reducing poverty. Stuart's speciality is applying Industrial and Organisational Psychology to poverty reduction and his books are among the first to examine poverty reduction from this perspective, he co-edits the Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology.

Reviews

'This book is a most welcome addition to the growing call to rethink this whole dimension of international relations.' John Berry, Queen's University in Canada. 'This approachable and imaginative book takes a very different look at the practice of International Aid. Written by social scientists with considerable experience in the area, it offers not only a critique of current practices but also advice about how really to help those who need it. It is written with passion and clarity but always supported by the scientific literature in the area.' Professor Adrian Furnham, University College London 'At last! A book that addresses the psychological politics braided through civil society, governmental and multilateral agencies involved in aid. I highly recommend it.' A.K. Dube, African Decade for Persons with Disability 'A thought-provoking book that poses key questions about the nature and mechanisms of development.' Alastair Ager, Columbia University 'This book places justice - between individuals, between organisations and between countries and international organisations - at the heart of international aid and development; explaining its relationship with dominance and identity in a challenging, authoritative and engaging way.' Mary Robinson, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative

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