Relationships for Aid published in 2006 introduces a new relational perspective on the analysis of aid management, exploring the links between, power, learning and accountability in a complex web of relationships. Primarily targeting a practitioner audience, it presents rich theory in an accessible style.
The Power of Labelling. How People are Categorized and Why it Matters published in 2007 and co-edited with Joy Moncrieffe. The book’s contributions analyse labelling’s causes and consequences. It is aimed at everyone who wants to scrutinise how they think about development and the implications for their practice.
Feminists in Development Organizations. Change from the Margins published in 2013 and co-edited with Laura Turquet. This book arises from a collaborative project between 2007 and 2012 in which a group of feminists working inside the head offices of multilateral organizations, government aid agencies and international non-governmental organizations came together to critically reflect on their work. This book shows how feminists can build effective strategies to influence development organizations to foster greater understanding and forge more effective alliances for social change.
International Aid and the Making of a Better World. Reflexive Practice was published in 2014. How can international aid professionals manage to deal with the daily dilemmas of working for the wellbeing of people in countries other than their own? I seek to answer that question in a book that provides a vivid and accessible insight into the world of aid – its people, ideas and values against the backdrop of a broader historical analysis of the contested ideals and politics of aid operations from the 1960s to the present day. Read more about why and how I wrote it. And here’s the link to final drafts of the first and last chapters.
The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development – co-edited with Irene Guijt, Chris Roche and Cathy Shutt and published in 2015 – critically examines the context and history of the current demands for results-oriented measurement and for evidence of value for money. Practitioner case studies illuminate different sets of relationships in the aid chain, examining the impact of the demands for results and evidence on the pursuit of rights-based approaches and enquiring into whether the growing emphasis on upward accountability is trumping mutual learning.