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Representations of Global Poverty: Aid, Development and International NGOs

Representations of Global Poverty: Aid, Development and International NGOs
Nandita Dogra

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Through the efforts of increasingly media-aware NGOs, people in the west are bombarded with images of poverty and inequality in the developing world. Representations of Poverty is the first comprehensive study of the communications and imagery used by international NGOs to represent the developing world. In this meticulously researched and original book, Nandita Dogra examines the full cycle of representation - integrating analyses of the public messages of international development NGOs in the UK with the views of their staff and audiences. Exploring the Europeanised discourses inherent in appeals to this notion of a 'common humanity', she argues for a greater acknowledgment of NGOs as significant mediating institutions which can expand understandings of global inequalities and their historical causation. The book is a timely addition to the growing fields of development and media studies and will be a key resource for academics, policymakers and practitioners alike who have an interest in global poverty, aid, NGOs, and the politics of representation.

Author Info

Nandita Dogra is a postdoctoral fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. She holds an MSc in NGO Management and a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and has extensive professional experience in development and social policy.


‘Dogra makes her challenge both clear and readable and as a starting point for future debates on building public understanding of global poverty and how it might be tackled, it is an important and thought-provoking contribution.’
– Philip Godwin, LSE Review of Books

‘How exactly do international non-government organisations conceptualise the developing world when they legislate their mandate? This valuable book addresses precisely this question by insightfully and skilfully unearthing the sub text of NGO representations of global poverty, development and rights.’
– Neera Chandhoke, Professor of Political Science, University of Delhi

‘This provocative analysis of the visual language of British international non-governmental development organisations raises a set of important and pressing questions, and deserves to be read by practitioner and researcher alike.’
– David Lewis, Professor of Social Policy and Development, London School of Economics

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of Development Studies

ISBN: 9781780767734
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2013
Number of Pages: 248

ISBN: 9781848858916
Publication Date: 29 May 2012
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: 10 bw integrated illustrations, 6 figures

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