Reinventing Development

The Sceptical Change Agent

  • Adam Fforde

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Adam Fforde
    Pages 1-26
  3. Development and Its Facts

  4. Development and Its Meanings

  5. The Reinvention of Development: Managing Ignorance and Diversity

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Adam Fforde
      Pages 243-259
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 261-288

About this book


This book debunks the foundations of contemporary government-led development policy. The author questions the predictability of success when using mainstream development doctrines and its underlying assumptions, approaching development from a sceptical standpoint, as opposed to the more common optimistic view. The book uses international development and aid as a case study of how rich countries define how change should happen. Further, it suggests alternative ways of thinking about and organizing social change.


Development Right to scepticism Sceptical change agent Predictable development Welfare History of development Mainstream development

Authors and affiliations

  • Adam Fforde
    • 1
  1. 1.Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic StudiesVictoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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