Contextualisation of international development principles to difficult contexts: a case study of Myanmar
Ware, Anthony 2010, Contextualisation of international development principles to difficult contexts: a case study of Myanmar, in ASAA 2010 : Proceedings of the 18th Asian Studies Association of Australia Biennial Conference of the ASAA : Crises and Opportunities : Past, Present and Future, Asian Studies Association of Australia, [Adelaide, S.A.], pp. 1-23.
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ASAA 2010 : Proceedings of the 18th Asian Studies Association of Australia Biennial Conference of the ASAA : Crises and Opportunities : Past, Present and Future
Barr, Michael D. Morrell, Elizabeth
Asian Studies Association of Australia Biennial Conference
Asian Studies Association of Australia
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Myanmar is a poor developing country with significant humanitarian needs, but international assistance is limited and restricted due to the political situation. Analysis of new primary data collected through interviews both within Myanmar and across the region sheds light on the implementation of principles of best-practice by International Non-Government Organisations (INGOs) operating within the country. This data highlights the adaptations INGOs make to widely-held development principles, ideas and approaches in order to become effective in this context. Forty-seven interviews were conducted with key individuals from INGOs, UN organisations and local NGOs. As there is no definitive list of best-practice principles for project-based INGO development interventions, a list is compiled from responses during the interviews. The adaptations made by INGOs to the context of Myanmar are discussed in terms of the way they work with civil society, NGOs, donors and officials (partnerships, capacity building, advocacy, rights-based approach and accountability), and the way they work in local communities (participation, equity, sustainability, active citizenry, and context sensitivity).
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