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Module Reading List

Development Practice, 2017/18, Semester 1
Dr Anna Mdee
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Reading List

You will be tested on specific readings indicated below in order to ensure you have sufficient knowledge to undertake practical application exercises. Additional reading is encouraged and expected in order to deepen your knowledge and understanding of development practice.

A useful gateway to good quality publications is: https://web.archive.org/web/20021213075407/http://www.ids.ac.uk/eldis/wnew.html

The following journals are relevant and are available electronically from the library: World Development., Development and change. , Development in practice.; European journal of development research., Latin American perspectives., International journal of educational development. New internationalist, Third world quarterly., Progress in development studies.


Mikkelsen, B. (2005). Methods for development work and research : a new guide for practitioners ISBN: 076193328x (paper back); 0761933271 (hard back). Sage.  

Open University – ebook- Introducing Development Management  


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Week 1 - What is Development Practice?


Mikkelsen, B. (2005). Methods for development work and research : a new guide for practitioners ISBN: 076193328x (paper back); 0761933271 (hard back). Sage.- Introduction and chapter 1  

UNDP (2015) Human Development Report 2015. Work for Human Development. New York: United Nations Development Programme . http://hdr.undp.org/sites/default/files/2015_human_development_report.pdf  (Read the overview)

Further reading:

You are also strongly advised to look at websites of different types of development agencies. Here are some examples of sites you can visit:

The UK’s Department for International Development site ( http://www.dfid.gov.uk and go to ‘about DFID’)

The World Bank site ( http://www.worldbank.org and go to ‘about’)

The African Development Bank site ( http://www.afdb.org and go to ‘about us’)

The UNESCO site ( http://www.unesco.org and go to ‘the organisation’)

Oxfam’s site ( http://www.oxfam.org.uk and go to ‘about us’)

Care International’s site ( http://www.careinternational.org.uk and go to ‘about CARE’)

WaterAid’s site ( http://www.wateraid.org and go to ‘about us’)

Girl Effect (http://www.girleffect.org )

Gates Foundation (http://www.gatesfoundation.org )

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Week 2 - Who does what in development practice?

Essential Reading:

Reading for week 2 test: who are the key actors and institutions in international development?

1. Chapter 1- Open University ebook- Overview of International Development

2. http://www.ifit-transitions.org/publications/major-publications/navigating-international-aid-in-transitions-a-guide-for-recipients/ifit-navigating-international-aid-1-september-web.pdf/view

Additional reading: 

Barber, M. and C. Bowie (2008) How international NGOs could do less harm and more good. Development in Practice 18 (6) pp.748 — 754

Green, M., 2012. Anticipatory development: Mobilizing civil society in Tanzania.  Critique of anthropology.32 (3), pp.309-333

De Cordier, B (2009) The 'Humanitarian Frontline', Development and Relief, and Religion: what context, which threats and which opportunities? Third world quarterly., 30 (4), 663 - 684

Holmen, Hans.  Snakes in paradise : NGOs and the aid industry in Africa Kumarian Press, Inc., 2010. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

International NGO Training and Research Centre- http://www.intrac.org

Tabar, L., 2016. Disrupting Development, Reclaiming Solidarity: The Anti-Politics of Humanitarianism. Journal of Palestine studies. 45 (4), pp.16-31Week 3 - Humanitarian aid: agency practices

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Week 3- The problem with projects- debates over aid modalities

Reading for week 3 test (online) – what are the different approaches to managing development intervention?  Why does intervention format matter?

Bond, R. and D. Hulme (1999) Process approaches to development: theory and Sri Lankan practice World development. 27(8): 1339-58.

Eyben, R., 2006. The power of the gift and the new aid modalities. IDS bulletin.37 (6), pp.88-98.

Additional reading: 

Kerr, R. (2008) International Development and the New Public Management: projects and logframes as discursive technologies of governance. Chapter 6 in  The new development management : critiquing the dual modernization  (2008) eds S. Dar and B. Cooke (London: Zed Books)

Murray, W.E. and Overton, J., (2016). Retroliberalism and the new aid regime of the 2010s.  Progress in development studies., p.1464993416641576.

Potts, D., Ryan, P. and Toner, A. (Eds.) (2003) Development planning and poverty reduction, Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan

Toner, A. (2003) ‘The possibilities of managing sustainability: Comparing two interventions in Tanzania’, Journal of international development. 15: 771-781

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Week 4- The aid chain- power, practice and voice in the development industry. 

Reading for week 4 test- where does power and accountability lie in the aid chain?:

Girei, E., 2016. NGOs, management and development: Harnessing counter-hegemonic possibilities. Organization Studies. ISSN: 0170-840637(2), pp.193-212.

Shutt, C. (2012). A Moral Economy? Social interpretations of money in Aidland. Third world quarterly. ISSN: 0143-659733(8), 1527-1543.

Additional reading: 

https://aidleap.org/ http://handrelief.blogspot.co.uk/  https://oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/  

Kwitonda, J.C., 2016. Development aid and disease discourse on display: the mutating techniques of neoliberalism. Critical discourse studies, pp.1-16.

Eyben, R., 2014.  International aid and the making of a better world : reflexive practice. Routledge.

Wallace, T., Bornstein, L. and Chapman, J., 2007.  The aid chain : coercion and commitment in development NGOs. Practical Action Pub..

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Week  5 - Policy & Advocay

Reading for week 5 test: what is advocacy and who speaks for who?

Samuel, J. (2007) ‘Public advocacy and people-centered advocacy: Mobilising for social change’, Development in practice. 17(4–5): 615–21. 

Further readings:

Chopra, D., Ekeoba, P., Nesbitt-Ahmed, Z., Moussié, R. and Sherpa, M., 2014. Policy advocacy for women's unpaid care work: comparing approaches and strategies in Nepal and Nigeria. Gender and development. 22 (3), pp.475-494.

Mosse, D., 2004. Is good policy unimplementable? Reflections on the ethnography of aid policy and practice. Development and change., 35 (4), :639-671.

See Overseas Development Institute- www.odi.org.uk

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Week 6- Group project- Making a policy brief

Reading for week 6: Policy brief- tool kit https://www.idrc.ca/sites/default/files/idrcpolicybrieftoolkit.pdf  

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Week 7- Theory of Change

Reading for week 7:

Valters, C., 2015. Theories of change. Time for a radical approach to learning in development. Overseas Development Institute, London, available online  

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Week 8- Tools of the trade - stakeholder and problem-tree analysis

Reading for week 8:

Stakeholder analysis toolkit- available on VLE  

Problem Tree analysis toolkit- available in VLE  

See also Mikkelsen (2005)  

Additional reading:

Chambers, R. (2007) From PRA to PLA and Pluralism. IDS Working Paper 286, Brighton: IDS (http://www.oerafrica.org/FTPFolder/SharedFiles/ResourceFiles/36140/33527/33507/From%20PRA%20to%20PLA%20Chambers%202007.pdf)

Dale, R. (2004)  Development planning : concepts and tools for planners, managers and facilitators  London: Zed Books

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Week 9- Tools of the trade- Logical Framework Analysis and Monitoring & Evaluation

Reading for week 9: 

The Logical Framework Approach- Greta Jensen- How to Guide- Available on VLE  

See also Mikkelsen (2005)  

Additional reading:

Njuki, K. M. Mapila, S. Kaaria, T. Magombo (2008) Using community indicators for evaluating research and development programmes: experiences from Malawi Development in practice  18 (4 & 5 ) pp. 633 - 642

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Week 10- Doing Development Differently

Essential Reading for Week 10 test- what is PDIA and what can it achieve?:

Andrews, M., Pritchett, L. and Woolcock, M., 2013. Escaping capability traps through problem driven iterative adaptation (PDIA). World development., 51, pp.234-244.  

Additional Reading:

Andrews, M., 2013.  The limits of institutional reform in development : changing rules for realistic solutions Cambridge University Press.

Andrews, M., 2015. Explaining positive deviance in public sector reforms in development.  World development. 74, pp.197-208.

Brinkerhoff, D.W. and Brinkerhoff, J.M., 2015. Public sector management reform in developing countries: Perspectives beyond NPM orthodoxy. Public administration and development. 35 (4), pp.222-237.

Kelsall, T., 2012. Neo-patrimonialism, rent-seeking and development: Going with the grain?. New political economy., 17 (5), pp.677-682.

Yanguas, P. and Hulme, D., 2015. Barriers to political analysis in aid bureaucracies: From principle to practice in DFID and the World Bank. World development., 74: 209-219.


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Week 11 - The personal in Practice 

Essential Reading: Anne-Meike Fechter (2012) ‘Living Well’ while ‘Doing Good’? (Missing) debates on altruism and professionalism in aid work, Third world quarterly., 33:8, 1475-1491, DOI: 10.1080/09700161.2012.698133   

Additional reading:

Bennett, M.M. and Eberts, S., 2015. The experiences of short-term humanitarian aid workers in Haiti. Mental health, religion & culture, 18 (5), pp.319-329.

Bolton, G., 2008. Aid and other dirty business : an insider uncovers how globalisation and good intentions have failed the world's poor London: Ebury Press

Fechter, A.M., 2012. The Personal and the Professional: Aid workers' relationships and values in the development process.  Third world quarterly., 33 (8), pp.1387-1404.

Gushulak, B.D. and MacPherson, D.W., 2015. Humanitarian aid workers, disaster relief workers, and missionaries. Essential travel medicine, pp.227-234.

Johnson, H., Pinder, R. and Wilson, G. (2012) 'engagement, learning and emancipatory development management: a commentary',  Journal of international development. vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 623-636

Wearing, S. and McGehee, N.G., 2013. Volunteer tourism: A review.  Tourism management., 38, pp.120-130.

This list was last updated on 30/08/2017