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

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dc.contributor.author White, Pamela
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-03T15:19:01Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-03T15:19:01Z
dc.date.issued 2015-01
dc.identifier.citation 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
dc.identifier.other PURE: 53657462
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 218b41bb-27a6-4e7a-8dbf-72e2fbb1b68a
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 84924035315
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/256767
dc.description.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. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Forum for Development Studies
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/restrictedAccess
dc.subject 5203 Global Development Studies
dc.subject technical cooperation; development culture; altruism; motivation;
dc.title The Spectrum of Motivations, Expectations and Attitudes in Technical Development Cooperation en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Global Development Studies
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1080/08039410.2014.997790
dc.relation.issn 0803-9410
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