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Contesting Development
Author: Patrick Barron

ISBN: 9780300126310
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 7 February 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5 x 2.8
This pathbreaking book grapples with an established reality: well-intentioned international development programs often generate local conflict, some of which escalates to violence. To understand how such conflicts can be managed peacefully, the authors have undertaken a comprehensive mixed-methods analysis of one of the world's largest participatory development projects, the highly successful Kecamatan Development Program (KDP), which was launched by the World Bank and the Indonesian government in the late 1990s and now operates in every district across Indonesia.

Contesting Development addresses major issues at the nexus of development research and policy: the level of local conflict accompanying institutional transitions; the role of development projects in shaping institutional transitions and conflict dynamics; and strategies for designing, implementing, and assessing projects in rapidly changing contexts. The book examines how KDP engages with these issues and discusses how staff members apply the critical principles of participation, transparency, local choice, and accountability to mediate conflicts that inevitably arise. The project mechanisms...

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