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Context-Sensitive Development: How International NGOs Operate in Myanmar

Anthony Ware
Context-Sensitive Development: How International NGOs Operate in Myanmar
ISBN: 978-1-56549-523-4
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2012/286 pages/LC: 2012018526
A Kumarian Press Book

"This ground-breaking book will be a must-read for academics, students, policy makers and NGO staff who are interested in Myanmar studies, development theory and international relations."—Kai Chen, The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies

"Ware has done a remarkable job in producing research that is not only highly relevant to the field but also immensely readable.... There is a lot to learn from [this] book."—Kenneth Christie, Journal of Development Studies

"The timing of this book is impeccable as donors lift sanctions and more and more international NGOs turn their attention to Myanmar. [Context-Sensitive Development] serves as an essential guidepost to NGO workers and analysts of civil society navigating this new dawn."—Duncan McDuie-Ra, University of New South Wales

DESCRIPTION

Focusing on Myanmar, with its perfect storm of extreme poverty, international sanctions, and egregious political repression, Anthony Ware shows how context sensitivity can help development organizations to better meet the needs of their client populations.

Ware points out that, while practitioners have questioned universal economic prescriptions for development, they have been less rigorous in questioning the normative foundations behind their work. Though Myanmar is his case in point, he suggests key issues of perception and practice that are intrinsic to a successful development enterprise wherever it is undertaken.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anthony Ware is lecturer in the School of International and Political Studies at Deakin University.

CONTENTS

  • Prologue: Burma or Myanmar? A Note on Names and Political Orientation.
  • The Problem and Theory.
  • Myanmar and Context-Sensitivity in Development.
  • Context-Sensitive Development Theory.
  • MYANMAR: A HISTORICALLY INFORMED ANALYSIS OF CONTEXT.
  • Burmese Days: Antecedents of the Sociopolitical Context.
  • Myanmar Times: Contemporary Economic and Sociopolitical Context.
  • CONTEXT-SENSITIVITY IN INGO DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE.
  • Doing Context-Sensitive Development in Communities.
  • Context-Sensitivity in Stakeholder Relations.
  • Dancing With the Devil but Not Holding Hands:
  • Negotiating the Restricted Humanitarian Space.
  • Conclusions and Recommendations.