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The Ownership Paradox: Continuity and Change

Journal article
Authors Malin Hasselskog
Isabell Schierenbeck
Published in Forum for Development Studies
Volume 44
Issue 3
Pages 323-333
ISSN 0803-9410
Publication year 2017
Published at School of Global Studies, Peace and Development Research
Pages 323-333
Language en
Links doi.org/10.1080/08039410.2017.13845...
Keywords ownership, development cooperation, donor-recipient relationship
Subject categories Other Social Sciences

Abstract

This article introduces the special section on The Ownership Paradox: Continuity and Change. In the text, we discuss how the principle and requirement of ownership is accommodated and how this may affect international development cooperation, drawing upon the various contributions in the section. The article is structured around the three crosscutting themes of who is to ‘own’, what is to be owned, and how are donor-recipient relations and approaches affected by the urge to demonstrate recipient ownership. Among the issues discussed are variations across aid modalities and groups of donors and recipients, an excessive focus on the organisation of aid at the expense of its contents, and the emergence a of a shared ownership related vocabulary.

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