Special Issue Article
SO NEAR AND YET SO FAR: VALUES AND MENTAL MODELS ALONG THE AID CHAIN IN ETHIOPIA
Article first published online: 17 AUG 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Special Issue: DSA 2010: Development Paths: Values, Ethics and Morality
Volume 23, Issue 6, pages 823–835, August 2011
How to Cite
Williamson, V. (2011), SO NEAR AND YET SO FAR: VALUES AND MENTAL MODELS ALONG THE AID CHAIN IN ETHIOPIA. J. Int. Dev., 23: 823–835. doi: 10.1002/jid.1812
- Issue published online: 17 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 17 AUG 2011
- Centre for Development Studies, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath
- New Aid Architecture;
- shared mental models;
- bilateral aid
Exploration of the perception and practice of participation, particularly in evaluation, elicited a range of values expressed by respondents along the aid chains of three bilateral donors with programmes in Ethiopia. The paper is developed from doctoral fieldwork, which sought to understand the mechanisms that constrain or enable participation. It raises three issues arising from analysis using a ‘shared mental models’ framework: differential values, ability to access and utilise information and conceptual (and physical) proximity/distance. During the research period (2004–2005), Ethiopia was a pilot country for aid harmonisation and these findings have implications for the congruence agenda (harmonisation and alignment) of the New Aid Architecture. The paper calls for a deeper understanding of the role that values and contextual information play in development management practice. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.