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Development Cooperation: Facing the Challenges of Global Change
de Bustos, Juan Carlos M.
de la Fuente, Mikel
Martínez, M. Jose
Pérez de Armiño, Karlos
Pérez de Mendiguren, Juan C.
Sainz de Murieta, Joseba
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Development cooperation, a concept that has existed for more than fifty years, has been transformed drastically in recent years. With the end of the Cold War in the late 1980s, so-called developing countries ceased to be potential pawns in global political dynamics and graduallly became the focus of greater moral concerns. As such, pro-development policies demanded a more ethically grounded political strategy, a challenge that governments and international bodies did not know how to, or did not want to, react to. This problem was compounded further by the impact of globalization, with its concomitant increase in the interdependence of a range of global economic, political, social, ecological, and cultural processes. Most recently of all, the global financial crisis and its consequences have also raised questions about the future of development cooperation, at a time when it should be more relevant than ever. This book addresses a wide spectrum of issues that are central to the debate on development cooperation today such as sustainability, gender equity, technology, communication, rural development, global conflicts and commerce, labor relations, financing development, humanitarian action, and the specific case of Africa.