I had taken William Easterly’s Tyranny of Experts book with me while visiting Japan early April in the hope of finishing it there, but even Easterly’s vivid prose and often dark humour wasn’t able to detract me from Japan’s fascinating culture and landscapes.
But here it is finally, my review of his latest controversial – and brilliant – book. Continue reading “The Tyranny of Experts: a book review”
The idea of solutions emerging through responses to locally perceived problems sounds basic. It is, however, potentially revolutionary for designers of externally influenced institutional reform.” (p. 150)
Matt Andrew’s book on the Limits of Institutional Reform in Development is the kind of book only students or academics would read, by its cover. Yet it would be a pity if this book didn’t reach the hands of development professionals. Continue reading “The limits of institutional reform in development: a book review”
Aid agencies have too often failed to grapple with the political complexities of the countries where they work and of the inherently political nature of processes of developmental change. (p.4)
My studies in sustainable development and natural resources management have put me in contact with both mainstream development concepts and critiques of those concepts. Yet it was only through the book Development aid confronts politics by T. Carothers and D. de Gramont, published in 2013 by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, that I realised my study books had missed out on the political aspect of development aid. Continue reading “Development aid meets politics: a book review”
With the sustainable development goals (aka global goals) just adopted by the UN General Assembly, it might be interesting to follow online conversations around international development policy, development work on the ground and development research as these goals are being implemented. Continue reading “Join global conversations around development policy, practice and research”