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Aiding Violence: The Development Enterprise in Rwanda

Peter Uvin
Aiding Violence: The Development Enterprise in Rwanda
ISBN: 978-1-56549-084-0
ISBN: 978-1-56549-083-3
ISBN: 978-1-62637-370-9
1998/273 pages/LC: 98-22652
A Kumarian Press Book
"Paradigm-rocking.... simply must be required reading for anyone who desires to set foot in an African nation, no matter how noble or lofty their goals."—WorldViews

"This book should be read by everyone involved in development. For those with some knowledge of Rwanda, reading it is nothing short of a cathartic experience. Much of what Peter Uvin has distilled so carefully and passionately from the Rwandan experience is also painfully relevant for other parts of the world."—Development in Practice

"An invaluable anatomy of the way development aid to Rwanda before the genocide contributed to what took place—essential reading for anyone with a tender conscience and a strong stomach."—The New Republic


Winner of the African Studies Association’s Herskovits Award!

Aiding Violence expresses outrage at the contradiction of genocide in a country considered at the time by Western aid agencies to be a model of development. Peter Uvin reveals how aid enterprises reacted—or failed to react—to the 1990s dynamics of militarization and polarization in Rwanda that resulted in mass atrocities. Outlining the profound structural basis on which the genocidal edifice was built, he exposes the practices of inequality, exclusion, and humiliation that were pervasive throughout the country.


Peter Uvin is s vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Claremont McKenna College.He is author of Human Rights and Development.


  • Rwanda Before Independence: A Contested History.
  • After Independence: Strategies for Elite Consolidation.
  • The Image of Rwanda in the Development Community.
  • Political and Economic Crises and the Radicalization of Society.
  • Under the Volcano: The Development Community in the 1990s.
  • From Structural to Acute Violence.
  • Aid and Structural Violence.
  • And Where Was Civil Society?
  • The Role of Ecological Resources Scarcity.
  • Why Did People Participate in Genocide?
  • A Theoretically Informed Synthesis.
  • Development Aid: Conclusions and Paths for Reflection.