Policy Press

Horizontal Development

Shifting Power and Privilege in Aid

By Shonali Banerjee, Anne-Meike Fechter and Thabani Mutambasere

Published

Mar 1, 2025

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529224597

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Mar 1, 2025

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529224580

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Mar 1, 2025

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1529224603

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Accessible and comprehensive, this book provides a much-needed, innovative perspective on international aid highlighting recent shifts towards centring localized voices and practices.

Providing an overview of emerging and evolving forms of development, including technology for development, faith-based aid and South-South humanitarianism, the book explores to what extent they disrupt existing models and how they can lead to more equitable and grassroots-led approaches. The authors develop the concept of ‘horizontal development’ to examine how power and privilege operate in international and local development spaces. They highlight opportunities for doing things differently in the light of prominent calls for decolonizing and aid and development.

Shonali Banerjee is Assistant Professor of International Development at the University of Warwick.

Anne-Meike Fechter is a Reader in Anthropology and Development at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex.

Thabani Mutambasere is a Lecturer in the Centre for African Studies, University of Edinburgh.

Introduction: Horizontal Development

1. Professional Volunteers and Voluntourism

2. South-South Development

3. Localisation and ‘Local’ Aid

4. Faith-Based Approaches

5. Diaspora-led Development

6. Transnational Citizen Aid

7. Digital Humanitarianism

8. Mutual Aid, Solidarity and Activism

Conclusion