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Poverty Alleviation At An International Development Organization: Resurrecting The Human Being As Subject

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This paper examines the field experiences of one of the authors in designing workshops for Finance Ministers of several countries at a leading international development organization. The power of a single book to cause a paradigm change is brought out as the authors sense make the field experience in the light of their reading of The Development Dictionary, edited by Wolfgang Sachs, which debunks the myth of "First World" and a "Third World" based on the socially constructed binary paradigm of "Development" and "Underdevelopment." While claiming to do the opposite, professionals in the field of "International development" have often been impoverishing global communities through Western economic and technological interventions, enabled by the "Aid" provided by interested global financial institutions on usurious, harmful, and coercive terms.

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