3 Managing Development
As our look at Development: context and practice showed, lives and livelihoods for many of the world's population are precarious and fraught with seemingly intractable problems exacerbated by poverty, war, exclusion, and continued and growing disparities in the global distribution of economic power. Public policy makers in and around governments have had a chequered history of coping with such problems. International bodies such as the United Nations and international development banks have been hugely influential, but not necessarily more successful. New actors and relationships in the field of development have made their appearance. New ways of disbursing aid and promoting change have emerged.
Getting to grips with this troubled and fast-changing landscape, understanding its dynamics, and working to make a difference for the better are the central tasks of the development manager. In this section we focus on development management and the role of the development manager. You will have an opportunity to share in the challenges of development management, making use of your own experience and perspective. Establishing that link between your experience and the academic discourse around development management is a central concern of our Development Management Programme as a whole.