PATERNALISM: THE ‘OUTSIDE’ OR ‘REJECTED INSIDE’ OF PARTNERSHIP?
Maria Eriksson Baaz revisits here the concluding chapter of her book The Paternalism of Partnership: A Postcolonial Reading of Identity in Development Aid, published by Zed Books (London & New York) in 2005. The book explored ‘donor’ and expatriate development worker identities as one important dimension that informs and shapes development practice. While the articulation of ‘donor’ and European development worker identities are explored in a more general way, the identities are read in relation to the partnership discourse. The Paternalism of Partnership provides an overview of existing research on discourses of development but also examples from a research project conducted in Tanzania in 1998 and 1999, based on interviews with development workers and other representatives of two Nordic NGOs.