Title Implementing Inequality
Subtitle The Invisible Labor of International Development
Author Rebecca Warne Peters
ISBN 9781978808966
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 200
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher Rutgers University Press (Eurospan Group)
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“This is a timely and well-judged analysis of the ‘internal inequalities’ that exist at the heart of the project of international development. In a thoughtful and highly readable account of a governance program in Angola, Rebecca Warne Peters combines original theoretical insight with careful empirical analysis.”

David Lewis, author of Non-Governmental Organizations, Management and Development


Implementing Inequality is a rare book that comes alive in the best tradition of ethnographic description while building solid theory. Peters’ rich account humanizes people in the “implementariat” and their daily challenges, struggles, and decisions. Ultimately hopeful, Implementing Inequality reminds us that frontline workers are already policymakers whose experience can guide a still-possible transformative development.”

Mark Schuller, author of Humanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti


Implementing Inequality argues that the international development industry’s internal dynamics—between international and national staff, and among policy makers, administrators, and implementers—shape interventions and their outcomes as much as do the external dynamics of global political economy. Through an ethnographic study in postwar Angola, the book demonstrates how the industry’s internal social pressures guide development’s methods and goals, introducing the innovative concept of the development implementariat: those in-country workers, largely but not exclusively “local” staff members, charged with carrying out development’s policy prescriptions. The implementariat is central to the development endeavor but remains overlooked and under-supported as most of its work is deeply social, interactive, and relational, the kind of work that receives less recognition and support than it deserves at every echelon of the industry. If international development is to meet its larger purpose, it must first address its internal inequalities of work and professional class.


List of Abbreviations 


Chapter 1. Development Hierarchies

Chapter 2. Development’s Inputs and Outputs

Chapter 3. Reinforcing Hierarchies: Monitoring and Evaluation

Chapter 4. Designing Interventions for Peers, Not Beneficiaries

Chapter 5. Partnership and the Development Praxiscape

Conclusion: Development without Borders

Appendix: GGAP Logical Framework (Logframe)





About the Author:

Rebecca Warne Peters is an assistant professor of anthropology at the State University of New York, Oswego.

Target Audience:

This book is for international economic development workers particularly those engage in implementation like field staff, administration and policy-making professionals. It is also useful for people interested in economic, political science & anthropology.


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