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Majda Bne Saad is director of the Centre for Development Studies in the School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin. Maura Leen is a consultant on international development issues.
In recent years trade, aid and development have been subjects of renewed political and public debate with the establishment of the World Trade Organisation, the adoption of the Millennium Declaration, increases in aid - albeit from low levels, and a growing recognition that human security for all ultimately requires a world free of poverty. This festschrift for Helen O'Neill, Professor Emeritus of Economics at University College Dublin, examines the theory and practice of development co-operation over the past half century. It discusses key trends in development policy. The distinguished contributors from various disciplines - friends and former colleagues of Helen O'Neill - analyse the links between development policy and other aspects of countries' external and domestic policies. They highlight how achieving policy coherence in support of international development objectives is not an easy task as conflicting national and international interests exist and policy choices are ultimately determined by political rather than technical agendas.The diversity of analyses and perspectives on globalisation, trade, aid and development running throughout the book is testimony to the continuing importance and relevance of development studies at a critical juncture in international relations. The range of analyses presented will stimulate and challenge readers' ideas and perspectives on development in a globalising world.
The emergence of international development assistance
- lessons for the future. SECTION II, Trade and development
- Colin Kirkpatrick, International trade policy, the WTO and developing countries
- assessing the impact on sustainable development
Alan Matthews, The Development Box in the WTO agreement on agriculture
Sheila Page, Special and differential treatment or divide and rule
- EU trade policy towards developing countries
Frederick Nixson and Ganesh Wignarajah, Export performance and non-tariff measures
- lessons from India's pharmaceutical sector. SECTION III, Perspectives on development in a globalising world
- Frank Barry, Globalisation through the lens of Irish history
Maura Leen, Towards ethical globalisation - issues for international civil society
Majda Bne Saad, Information, knowledge and knowing
- challenges and opportunities for gender techno-liberation? Venkatesh Seshamani, Human resource development for growth and poverty reduction
- the experience of East Asia and lessons for Africa
Joe Remenyi, Globalising credit
- prospects for microfinance institutions and nongovernmental development organisations strategic alliances. SECTION IV, Linking theory and practice
- lessons from country case studies
- Vincent Durac, Developing democracy and democratising development
- Islamic political parties and the state in Egypt
Andy Storey, Storylines and scapegoats
- understanding the Rwandan economy
Peadar Kirby, Ireland's economic 'miracle'
- challenges from development theory. Helen O'Neill's publications