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Partnership for International Development: Rhetoric or Results?

Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff
Partnership for International Development: Rhetoric or Results?
ISBN: 978-1-58826-093-2
$52.00
ISBN: 978-1-58826-069-7
$22.00
2002/205 pages/LC: 2002069752

"Very useful for research scholars, policymakers, and people engaged in the management of development projects. It is an important contribution to understanding effective, efficient, and sustainable partnership."—Pradeep Kumar, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

"[Brinkerhoff's] insights provide for a fascinating cross-section of the bureaucratic processes characteristic of donor agencies and major multilateral organizations."—Abigail Makim, Voluntas

"Brinkerhoff's book is a timely contribution.... The book deserves attention among development practitioners, whose community, in recent years, has become perhaps a bit too complacent with the way aid is contemplated and delivered."—Glenn Brigaldino, Development and Cooperation

"[Brinkerhoff's] insights provide for a fascinating cross-section of the bureaucratic processes characteristic of donor agencies and major multilateral organizations."—Abigail Makim, Voluntas

"This book skillfully combines rigor, insight, and real-life comparative examples to unravel and display the complex nature and limitations of [development] partnerships.... a distinctive and valuable contribution to the field. It is an essential resource for those dedicated to reducing the gap between rhetoric and reality—a disparity that continues to undermine the credibility of investment in international development."—Alan Fowler, International Society for Third Sector Research

"Professor Brinkerhoff makes a convincing case that partnerships among diverse actors can provide sustainable solutions to issues that baffle agencies and individuals acting alone. Offering a wide range of tools, strategies, and lessons, her book will be extremely valuable to the next generation of leaders concerned with catalyzing sustainable development."—L. David Brown, Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Harvard University

"It has become increasingly clear that effective public policy, whether domestic or international, depends on strong partnerships among all the players. In this engaging new book, Brinkerhoff carefully outlines just what such partnerships mean—and what it takes to bring them from rhetoric to reality. It's a must-read for anyone charting the next generation of public policy."—Don Kettl, University of Wisconsin

DESCRIPTION

In the search for institutional models that can deliver more and better development outcomes, partnership is arguably among the most popular solutions proposed. But the evidence of partnerships' contributions to actual performance has been for the most part anecdotal. Partnership for International Development bridges the gap between rhetoric and practice, clarifying what the concept means—and providing a roadmap for how to achieve meaningful partnership results. The discussion is enhanced by case studies of partnerships for public service, corporate social responsibility, and conflict resolution.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff is professor of public administration at George Washington University.

CONTENTS

  • Partnership: Promise and Practice.
  • Environmental Opportunities and Constraints.
  • Choosing the Right Partner for the Right Reasons.
  • Managing for Partnership Results.
  • Partnership for Public Service: The Barani Area Development Project (Pakistan).
  • Partnership for Corporate Social Responsibility: INMED's "Healthy Children, Healthy Futures" Program in Brazil.
  • Partnership for Conflict Resolution: The World Commission on Dams.
  • Partnership for International Development: From Rhetoric to Results.