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Hiding Relations: The Irony of ‘Effective Aid’

  • Rosalind Eyben

    (University of Sussex, Brighton)

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    La vogue actuelle pour la ‘gestion axée sur les résultats’ est l’expression d’un mode de pensée historiquement dominant dans le domaine de l’aide internationale, à savoir le ‘substantialisme’, qui conçoit le monde essentiellement en termes d’ entités telles que ‘la pauvreté’, ‘les besoins de base’, ‘les droits’, ‘les femmes’, ou ‘les résultats’. Un autre mode de pensée important, le ‘relationalisme’ – plus généralement associé aux notions de processus et de complexité – paraît absent. À partir de mes propres expériences de travail avec le Département pour le Développement International du Royaume Uni (DFID) et d'autres organisations d'aide internationale, je montre comment certains membres de ces organisations bien qu’adhérant officiellement à la conception substantialiste du monde de l’institution qu’ils représentent, sont en fait des ‘relationnistes cachés’, dont les actions obéissent en pratique à un mode de pensée différent de celui à travers lequel leurs actions sont officiellement conçues. Il est possible que ceci leur permettent, sans le savoir, de rendre l’aide internationale suffisamment viable – par la preuve apparente de l’efficacité de la gestion axée sur les résultats – pour permettre à l’institution dans son ensemble de préserver son imaginaire substantialiste.

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    Volume (Year): 22 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 (July)
    Pages: 382-397

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