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A Book to Change the Way You ThinkJan. 13 2005
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In her book Goudge gives specific examples of how ingrained racism has become in the everyday life of First World citizens. Drawing from her own experiences in Nicaragua during and after the Contra War, Goudge exposes a side of international aid that most dont know exists. Goudge urges her readers to recognize the power imbalance and take responsibility for all it entails, This includes giving the third world a voice in their own development and the willingness to have an open, honest discussion with the Third World without demanding Western standards or practices.
After reading this book and having the priviledge of discussing it with classmates and even Goudge herself, I can honestly say that I will never read a newspaper, watch the evening news, listen to a lecture, or think of foreign aid in the same way again.
A Taboo TopicNov. 18 2012
S De Silva
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I picked up this book at a Spanish school (la Isla) in Nicaragua a few years back. I wish I had taken the time to review the book back then when it was fresher in my mind; that said, the fact that I've recommended this book to many others over the last few years and my attempts to gain a soft copy for my files now, are indicative of its resonance.
The book relates (to the best of my recollection) an inherent racism residing within development professionals working in poorer nations. The racism being a latent by-product of colonial class systems. The result being well meaning development professionals imparting an insidious class dynamic on poorer nations, perpetuating a giver-receiver relationship, undermining local skills and institutions and so on. This is a work of self-doubt and conflict for Goudge for her role in the development industry and she is relentless in providing honest interviews and examples. Some of what is written shares concepts from post development theorists such as Esteva, Escobar, Wolfgang Sachs, and Rahnema and I recommend these authors for anyone that liked the book.
This is a MUST READ FOR ANYONE IN the int. development industry. Understand these ideas are on the fringe of the development discourse and are often not well received by professionals that may (wrongly) perceive them as a threat to the industry. This not necessarily being the case; these ideas being part of a debate on the efficacy of int. development in its current form and consideration of possible alternatives to "development".