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Making good on donors’ desire to 'do development differently'

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Written by Nilima Gulrajani

Foreign aid donors are increasingly focused on changing the way their development agencies function. This discourse has focused on desired qualities, including greater knowledge of local contextual realities, appropriate adaptation to context and greater flexibility to respond to changing circumstances.

This journal article argues that more attention needs to be devoted to the achievement of these desired qualities and turns to contingency theory to identify some under-exploited ways to ‘do development differently’. 

Nilima Gulrajani and Dan Honig