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Delivering Development: Globalization's Shoreline and the Road to a Sustainable Future [Hardcover]

by Edward R. Carr
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February 1, 2011 0230110762 978-0230110762

In Delivering Development, author Edward Carr calls into question the very universal, unquestioned assumptions about globalization, development, and environmental change that undergird much of development and economic policy.  Here he demonstrates how commonly held beliefs about globalization and development have failed the global poor.  Over his 13 years of working along what he calls "globalization's shoreline," a world region buffeted by the economic, political, and environmental decisions of those living in wealthier places, Carr has concluded that most experts misunderstand what they are trying to fix, and cannot tell if they are fixing it.  Delivering Development is an eye opening, you-are-there book that compels the reader to question conventional wisdom, redefines what assistance to the developing world really means, and explores alternative ways of achieving meaningful, enduring improvements to human well-being.


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This book makes an important contribution . . . [providing] an often overlooked perspective within critical development literature: the real possibility for positive change and for a more active role of development's target population to participate and shape the direction of change in their communities.
-- Kelsey HanrahanAfrica Today

Carr brings the understanding of an ethnographic researcher...to the examination of a topic that needs attention from someone with his scholarly credentials. This is a book that should be required reading for students and scholars of development studies, especially development economists and development practitioners.
-- Olumide Abiola, SAIS Review

The book is a riveting read, horizon broadening and . . . takes a somewhat unusual path towards challenging the dominant paradigm that complements other, parallel efforts . . . All-in-all, a must read for aid wonks everywhere.
-- Andy Sumner, Global Dashboard

"Carr’s concern is that development and globalization, as currently pursued, are creating more poverty than they solve, needlessly producing economic and environmental challenges that put everyone on Earth at risk. Confronting this paradoxical outcome head-on, Carr questions the "wisdom" of the traditional development-via-globalization strategy, a sort of connect-the-development-dots, by arguing that in order to connect the dots one must first see the dots. By failing to do so, agencies do not understand what they are connecting and why. This fundamental questioning of Post WWII development strategies, grounded in life along "Globalization’s Shoreline," sets his approach to development in the age of globalization apart from much of the contemporary development literature."  — Michael H. Glantz, Director, CCB (Consortium for Capacity Building), INSTAAR, University of Colorado
 

"Over the fifty years since the end of the colonial era, rich nations have granted Africa billions of dollars in development aid—the equivalent of six Marshall Plans—and yet, today, much of the continent is as desperate as ever for help. In Delivering Development, Edward Carr delves into the question of why the aid system has failed to deliver on its promises, and offers a provocative thesis: that economic development, at least as international donors define it, is not necessarily equal to advancement. Unlike many combatants in the debate over the causes of global poverty, who jet in and out of these countries and offer the view from 10,000 feet, Carr takes a novel approach to the problem. He examines the aid system as it is actually experienced by poor Africans. Delivering Development focuses on a pair of Ghanaian villages, which despite their poverty by statistical measures have nonetheless managed to construct sophisticated systems of agricultural cultivation and risk management. Carr doesn't argue that these places hold the secret to ending poverty. On the contrary, his point is that there are no overarching solutions, that each community holds a unique set of keys to its own future. By delving into development at the grassroots, Carr reveals the rich and bedeviling complexity of a problem that, all too often, is reduced to simplistic ideological platitudes."  — Andrew Rice, author of The Teeth May Smile but the Heart Does Not Forget: Murder and Memory in Uganda

About the Author

Edward R. Carr is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina. He is also an American Association for the Advancement of Science Science and Technology Policy Fellow, serving as the climate change adaptation coordinator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at the United States Agency for International Development.  For more than 13 years he has worked in rural sub-Saharan Africa on issues of globalization, development and environmental change, living among and working with the poorest of the poor.  He is the author of more than 30 publications on issues of development, adaptation to climate change, and the changing global environment.  He has served as a lead author of two global environmental assessments (the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and UNEP’s Fourth Global Environment Outlook), and is the review editor for a chapter of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.  He has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230110762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230110762
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,291,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ed Carr is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina. He has also served as a Bureau Climate Change Coordinator and a Climate Change Science Advisor for the United States Agency for International Development, and a Participatory Adaptation Consultant for the World Bank. For more than 14 years he has worked in rural sub-Saharan Africa on issues of globalization, development and environmental change, living among and working with the poorest of the poor. He is the author of more than 30 publications on issues of development, adaptation to climate change, and the changing global environment. Ed has served as a lead author of two global environmental assessments (the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and UNEP's Fourth Global Environment Outlook), and is a review editor for Working Group II of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.

Ed has been awarded a Science and Technology Policy Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, The United States Agency for International Development, The University of South Carolina, The University of Kentucky, and Syracuse University.

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5.0 out of 5 stars DIscovery February 5, 2012
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Fabulous, revealing examination of a segment of culture, written by a person who definately walks among his subjects and lives thier life with passion. Mr. Carr has ability and talent to communicate the essence of the cultural anthropology of a population that he not only studies but lives. He retains an objectivity that is difficult when the student becomes intimate with the teacher. Fine job, Dr. Carr.

I know we will read more of you.

Thank you for the only indepth understanding i have been given of the real seminal flavor of Africa.
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