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Beth Book

  • Author: Beth Gilfillan
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (May 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3639252586
  • ISBN-13: 978-3639252583

A new book about Cambodia has just been published. Beth Gilfillan reports on her research into the relations between donors, NGOs and the government in Cambodia. She finds that participation continues to be somewhat of a tyranny, and more than this, that it has become for many donors, NGOs and governments a “tick in the box”. This cautionary tale about community management committees demonstrates some of the factors that affect the implementation of participation policy, and also how government resists policy pressures from the international donor community. The work builds on the research and writing of Ferguson’s Anti-Politics Machine, to examine how participation has been commodified. While set in the Cambodian health sector, this book should also be interesting to those interested in participation, international development, policy development and implementation in an international development context, public health and democracy. However, for all those researching or working in Cambodia, it provides an examination of the politics of development in Cambodia, and of local democracy.

This book is based on doctoral research. Please refer PhD students etc to the thesis version of the work, which is available for free through the Australian Digital Theses database: