International Review of Education

, Volume 43, Issue 5–6, pp 581–594 | Cite as

Development Education Revisited: The New Zealand Experience

  • David Small


Until the mid-1980s, New Zealanders were progressing in their understanding of the causes of and strategies for overcoming world poverty and injustice. However, the arrival of more multinational aid agencies and the increased competition for the donor dollar have given rise to a new conservatism in the development debate. This has coincided with the imposition of structural adjustment policies in New Zealand which provides an opportunity to demonstrate connections between poverty and powerlessness, and parallels between the growth of poverty and inequality at home and in "underdeveloped" countries. The government, the media and the wealthy agencies conceal these parallels and promote aid responses based on charity. This excludes from the development debate the increasingly marginalised sectors of New Zealand society and undermines the international solidarity essential for building strategies for change.


Structural Adjustment Adjustment Policy Building Strategy Development Debate Zealand Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Small
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  1. 1.Christ ChurchNew Zealand

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