Journal article

Interpretive Complexity and Crisis: the History of International Aid to Myanmar

Anne Décobert, Tamas Wells

The European Journal of Development Research | Springer Science and Business Media LLC | Published : 2020


In the last two decades, Myanmar has gone through profound political changes. Over this time, humanitarian and development interventions by Western donor agencies have been guided by shifting and simplifed narratives of the political context. During periods of military authoritarianism, quasi-democratic government and the recent period of rule by the National League for Democracy, donors have also faced moments of ‘interpretive crisis’, where predominant assumptions about political fgures or program strategies no longer align with outcomes. Over time, and through their unstable and shifting interpretations, Western donor agencies have often failed to work coherently and accountably with Myan..

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