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Credit Between CulturesFarmers, Financiers, and Misunderstanding in Africa$
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Parker Shipton

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300116038

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300116038.001.0001

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In a White Elephant's Shadow

In a White Elephant's Shadow

Reversal and Repetition

(p.119) Chapter 8 In a White Elephant's Shadow
Credit Between Cultures

Parker Shipton

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the IADP–SPSCP experience. It discusses how the great irony about the IADP–SPSCP is that a project with such a grand and ambitious design—so encompassing in its administrative sweep, so precise in its specifications—ended up passing out of existence in such a quiet, amorphous way. This grandest of the aid agencies' gestures to the rural poor was also the government's main official attempt to increase those people's production for themselves. The project's ostensible aims were bold and certainly commendable: to help the regions, altitude zones, and economic strata neglected in previous programs, and to do so before land titling was completed. The chapter also offers a brief reflection on some structural and processual reasons why experiences such as these tend to repeat as much as they do.

Keywords:   specifications, aid agencies, rural poor, IADP–SPSCP project, economic strata

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