The Spectrum of Motivations, Expectations and Attitudes in Technical Development Cooperation

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White , P 2015 , ' The Spectrum of Motivations, Expectations and Attitudes in Technical Development Cooperation ' , Forum for Development Studies , vol. 42 , no. 1 , pp. 89-112 . https://doi.org/10.1080/08039410.2014.997790

Title: The Spectrum of Motivations, Expectations and Attitudes in Technical Development Cooperation
Author: White, Pamela
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Global Development Studies
Date: 2015-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 24
Belongs to series: Forum for Development Studies
ISSN: 0803-9410
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/256767
Abstract: This article examines the motivations and experiences of persons working in different technical cooperation roles within international development cooperation, analysing how they differ, yet contain a common thread. The study consists of interviews and a questionnaire directed to volunteers, NGO staff, junior professional officers, technical advisors, researchers and donor staff – as well as personal reflections. I consider the literature on motivations and gift theory, including binary positions applied to development work, such as work/career–volunteer; selfish–altruistic motivations. An element of altruism was common for many, but was more frequently vocalised by the older respondents, while career imperatives appeared to be more important for the younger cohort. I found considerable fluidity of movement of individuals between the categories of technical cooperation, and no matter their starting point, a tendency to stay in development throughout their career and identify with a development culture or habitus.
Subject: 5203 Global Development Studies
technical cooperation; development culture; altruism; motivation;
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