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This web log is a news and views blog. The primary aim is to provide an avenue for the expression and collection of ideas on sustainable, fair, and just, grassroot level development. Some of the topics that the blog will specifically address are: poverty reduction, rural development, educational issues, social empowerment, post-Tsunami relief and reconstruction, livelihood development, environmental conservation and bio-diversity. 

Saturday, July 16, 2005

How Understanding a Country’s Culture Promotes Aid Effectiveness

Culture and Development Development Gateway: Aid donors to poor countries are increasingly recognizing the importance of local cultural practices in implementing successful aid projects. Cultural practices can extend from local methods for measuring time, such as Ethiopia's ancient calendar that requires reprogramming of computer software to track donor contributions to that country, to ensuring that all donor transactions are translated into local languages. Underlying this momentum is a shift of emphasis over the last decade to country ownership and community-based development to ensure sustainable projects. Understanding a country's traditional agricultural practices, its attitudes toward foreign charity, and its political culture are now considered key to successful donor interactions.

+ Culture and Public Action
+ Traditional African values and their use in implementing Agenda 21
+ The Culture of Power in Contemporary Ethiopian Political Life
+ Knowledge and the practice of relief in southern Sudan
+ Crises and Contradictions: Understanding the Origins of a
+ The Ethiopic Calendar
+ Community-Based and -Driven Development: A Critical Review

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