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5.0 out of 5 stars An objective approach to the international aid debate
Having personally been involved in the humanitarian world, which left me with question marks about whether international aid is a good or bad thing, I can honestly say that this no-nonsense guidebook has been the most helpful literature so far. It does not give one concrete answer, the debate being ongoing. Yet, it is a great little book objectively covering a wide span...
Published on 15 Feb 2012 by lia manesi, corfu, greece

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3.0 out of 5 stars Came over as very negative
I bought this book to read more about development. I had expected a balanced book that highlighted both the successes and the failures as suggested by the title of the series "no nonsense". However, what I found was a continual criticism and listing of the failures of development. Although microfinance and some of the small scale NGO projects are praised, without...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An objective approach to the international aid debate, 15 Feb 2012
This review is from: No-nonsense Guide to International Development (No-Nonsense Guides) (Paperback)
Having personally been involved in the humanitarian world, which left me with question marks about whether international aid is a good or bad thing, I can honestly say that this no-nonsense guidebook has been the most helpful literature so far. It does not give one concrete answer, the debate being ongoing. Yet, it is a great little book objectively covering a wide span of the international aid debate with insightful observations that touch both on theory and practice. It is written in academic style, but being compact in size, very much to the point and full of examples, make it an interesting read.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true guide!, 7 Dec 2002
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Nico van Oudenhoven (Leiden, the Netherlands) - See all my reviews
In this book, Maggie Black, a leading writer on development issues, convincingly reveals the flaws of the prevailing views on and practices in international development. But she does not stop here, drawing on a vast array of literature, documents and studies as well as a wide and profound personal experience, she forcefully shows new and feasible ways on how to improve the living conditions of millions of people who have to make do with not more than one Euro per day. In this sense, this book is a true and welcoming guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars to the point and articulate, 13 Oct 2013
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A very well written and researched book, short sharp and to the point. Highlights the disparity between helping the poor and development two things that have, until recently, been quite contradictory.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Came over as very negative, 31 July 2013
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I bought this book to read more about development. I had expected a balanced book that highlighted both the successes and the failures as suggested by the title of the series "no nonsense". However, what I found was a continual criticism and listing of the failures of development. Although microfinance and some of the small scale NGO projects are praised, without re-reading the book I am struggling to recall anything else that was positive. I read this as somebody who is not an expert and perhaps it is all gloom as the book seems to suggest but it makes for a depressing read. I will not be buying the other "No Nonsense" guides based on this book.
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