Title

Framing development: community and NGO perspectives in Mali

Keywords

Copyright © 2008, Oxford University Press

Abstract

Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork, this paper analyzes how development is articulated by three distinct groups of actors, donors/development sponsors, facilitators/program staff, and the beneficiaries/local village residents, within a specific development situation in the Ouelessebougou region of Mali, West Africa. The findings indicate some overlap among these groups regarding what the development process is intended to produce, i.e. self-reliance. However, there are important disparities in the specific meanings attached to development by each group of actors. Similarly, there was little consensus regarding stakeholder views of the role that they played in the development process. This case study suggests that persistent failures with development can be attributed, in part, to this incongruence of approaches and worldviews and concludes with several recommendations for a more nuanced and responsive approach.

Original Publication Citation

Framing Development: Community and NGO Perspectives in Mali, Carol Ward, Yodit Solomon, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Addie Fuhriman, Community Development Journal, (Advanced Publication May 13, 2008), Volume 44, Issue 1 (2009): 470-487

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2008-05-13

Publisher

Community Development Journal

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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