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U.S. development aid--an historic first : achievements and failures in the twentieth century /
Samuel Hale Butterfield ; foreword by Maurice Williams.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, c2004.
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xvi, 315 p.
ISBN
0313319103
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, c2004.
isbn
0313319103
contents note
A White House surprise -- A summary of 50 years -- Starting off -- Changing assumptions -- Organizing the aid program -- Early country programs: Afghanistan, Chile, India, and Taiwan -- An appealing new strategy -- Kennedy's vision -- Johnson's wars -- Population explosion -- Technical assistance revived -- Trying to reach the rural poor -- Carter and Reagan -- Promoting market forces -- After the Cold War: policies under Bush and Clinton -- Africa's lagging development -- Women in development -- Assessing 50 years of effort.
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5236539
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-02-01:
Butterfield draws on his long career in the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to construct a history of US bilateral aid. The book is an interesting if odd mixture of "insider history" and official account, at times describing the personalities and family backgrounds of USAID bureaucrats, at other points summarizing dry congressional directives. Butterfield catalogs the various incarnations of the US bilateral aid agency, the approaches of consecutive presidential administrations and Congresses, several different themes or areas of emphasis in US aid programs, and progress in broad geographic regions. A thorough history of US bilateral aid is sorely needed, but this treatment is unsatisfying, lacking depth of analysis and organization and ignoring much of the literature outside USAID's own reports. Scholars devoted to this topic may find some useful discussion of the early history of US foreign aid and a number of interesting tidbits scattered throughout the book, but most other readers will gain little. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Comprehensive research collections. C. Kilby Vassar College
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'œ[A]n exhaustive quasi-memoir by a retired foreign aid officer at USAID. It is, in part, a fond reminiscence of his career, but in larger part, a defense of USAID's work from the inside, as well as the global foreign aid project of the developed world. It is not misty-eyed about the poor -- useful insights about the practicalities of foreign aid operations and impediments to their success abound. But its true value derives from the concrete, meticulous, well-organized, occasionally pedantic, chronology and description of USAID's actual day-to-day work in the field from its inception almost up to the present.'' EH.NET
"[A]n exhaustive quasi-memoir by a retired foreign aid officer at USAID. It is, in part, a fond reminiscence of his career, but in larger part, a defense of USAID's work from the inside, as well as the global foreign aid project of the developed world. It is not misty-eyed about the poor -- useful insights about the practicalities of foreign aid operations and impediments to their success abound. But its true value derives from the concrete, meticulous, well-organized, occasionally pedantic, chronology and description of USAID's actual day-to-day work in the field from its inception almost up to the present."- EH.NET
'œ[A] welcome explanation, free of jargon and academic language, that would be useful to many USAID recent hires as well as the wider general public interested in aid....[t]ruly a tour de force for anyone wanting to gain broad, historical, and in-depth understanding of foreign aid.'' Front Lines
"[A] welcome explanation, free of jargon and academic language, that would be useful to many USAID recent hires as well as the wider general public interested in aid....[t]ruly a tour de force for anyone wanting to gain broad, historical, and in-depth understanding of foreign aid."- Front Lines
'œScholars devoted to this topic may find some useful discussion of the early history of US foreign aid and a number of interesting tidbits scattered throughout the book....Comprehensive research collections.'' Choice
"Scholars devoted to this topic may find some useful discussion of the early history of US foreign aid and a number of interesting tidbits scattered throughout the book....Comprehensive research collections."- Choice
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
In 1949, President Truman surprised Americans by launching an unprecedented aid programme to assist development in the Third World. This volume examines U.S. aid strategy, how it has changed over the decades, & how effectively it has coped with challenges unforeseen.
Long Description
The first comprehensive account of U.S. development aid policies and implementation operations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, this work is a unique contribution to world history and to the extensive literature on "Third World" development. Butterfield begins with the remarkable story of why, in 1949, President Truman surprised Americans with his unprecedented development aid policy. He then describes the major alterations in U.S. development aid strategy and operations from 1950 to 2000. Drawing upon his long experience both in Washington and in country aid missions, Butterfield puts a human face on the story by weaving real world vignettes into his narrative. The survey addresses the role of Congress, important program foundations established in the 1950s, creative initiatives of the 1960s, frustrated promises in Vietnam. It explores the Third World's unexpected population explosion; America's evolving technical assistance work in the core sectors such as agriculture, education, health, and administration; and initiatives to reach the rural poor and promote the development role of women. It also comments upon linkages between policy dialogue and financial aid to promote market-oriented policy reforms, Africa's lagging development, and the decline of U.S. development aid in the 1990s.
Long Description
The first comprehensive account of U.S. development aid policies and implementation operations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, this work is a unique contribution to world history and to the extensive literature on Third World development. Butterfield begins with the remarkable story of why, in 1949, President Truman surprised Americans with his unprecedented development aid policy. He then describes the major alterations in U.S. development aid strategy and operations from 1950 to 2000. Drawing upon his long experience both in Washington and in country aid missions, Butterfield puts a human face on the story by weaving real world vignettes into his narrative. The survey addresses the role of Congress, important program foundations established in the 1950s, creative initiatives of the 1960s, frustrated promises in Vietnam. It explores the Third World's unexpected population explosion; America's evolving technical assistance work in the core sectors such as agriculture, education, health, and administration; and initiatives to reach the rural poor and promote the development role of women. It also comments upon linkages between policy dialogue and financial aid to promote market-oriented policy reforms, Africa's lagging development, and the decline of U.S. development aid in the 1990s.
Main Description
Presents a comprehensive and evaluative picture of U.S. development aid policies and implementation operations throughout the lesser-developed world, presenting both failed efforts and success stories.
Table of Contents
Figures
Lists, and Tables
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
White House Surprise
A Summary of 50 Years Starting Off Changing
Assumptions Organizing the Aid Program
Early Country Programs: Afghanistan, Chile, India, and Taiwan
An Appealing New Strategy
Kennedy's Vision Johnson's Wars
Population Explosion Technical Assistance
Revived Trying to Reach
Out to the Rural Poor Carter and Reagan
Promoting Market Forces
After the Cold War: Policies under Bush and Clinton
Africa's Lagging Development Women and Development
Assessing 50 Years of Effort
Acronyms Used Agency Administrators
Appendices
Selected References
Index
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