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This is a remarkable book. The author draws on her long experience in working on development programs in Pakistan to illuminate some of the major problems in the symbiotic relationships between providers of development assistance and the governments that receive the assistance. -- John W. Sewell, former president of the Overseas Development Council
Samia Altaf, a physician and public health specialist, was formerly the senior advisor to the Office of Health in the USAID Mission in Islamabad, Pakistan. She was the 2007 Pakistan Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
This book highlights the well-documented problems with foreign assistance from within the system. It is a must-read for anyone working in development. Regional Studies Samia Altaf gives you hilarious accounts of how advisors from overseas go about implementing their 'projects.' How many at the World Bank, IMF and WHO have read this account of how aid actually works? How many high level bureaucrats with policy making powers at these agencies, will make the effort, or learn from these observations? Dawn, the leading English-language newspaper in Pakistan A must-read for anyone working in development. -- Claudia R. Williamson Regional Studies Insightful and highly readable narrative. New Internationalist An engrossing account, at times hilarious, at others heartbreaking. -- Steve Goddard History Wire - Where the Past Comes Alive