Contested Aims, Contested Strategies: The New Development Paradigm through the Lens of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme

Antonia Settle

Sustainable Development Policy Institute | Published : 2010


There has been a shift in development paradigms reflected in the discourse of international funding bodies, from technocratic aid modalities associated with Washington Consensus models towards a ‘new development paradigm’ that accompanies post-Washington Consensus economic prescriptions. This new development paradigm relies increasingly on NGOs for channeling funds, while granting more space for government regulation and emphasizing participatory approaches. The new paradigm has produced a discourse on devolution, participatory development and decentralization. Yet the new development paradigm has not broken free of the essentially technocratic approaches that continue to limit both monitori..

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