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Post 5: test

This is a test

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Unit 4: Chinese vs. Western aid. Substantially different?

Last April, 29th an organization called AidData presented the China.aiddata.org project, consisting of a collaborative platform whose aim is to collect accurate information on all Chinese financial support to Africa, particularly aid. You can check their website at http://aiddatachina.org/content/about_the_project. Data … Continue reading

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Unit 2: Democracy and Development

What is democracy? Few political concepts are as theorised and debated both in the academic and the political spheres as democracy. Traditionally meant as the government by the people, for the people and to the people, I claim here that … Continue reading

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Unit 3: The (im)possible replication of state success. What role for development aid?

In 1997 the World Bank introduced its World Development Report (WDR) as follows. “This report shows that the determining factor behind these contrasting developments is the effectiveness of the state” (WB, 1997: 1). This statement was not an isolated one, … Continue reading

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Unit 1: The primacy of politics in development

Unit 1: the primacy of politics to development The importance of getting politics into development (again?) A certain apolitical flare impregnates development:  development  is a profession which implies that it can be achieved through the deployment of uniquely technical skills. … Continue reading

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