Date of Completion
International Development, Africa, Foreign Aid, Ownership
Field of Study
Doctor of Philosophy
Abstract: What is ownership of development and how does it operate in aid-dependent Africa? This dissertation examines the various power structures and agents that shape development in aid-dependent Africa through the lens of Ownership of Development. Using Burkina Faso and Kenya as country case studies and the health sector as the standard case for comparison, I argued that the ownership paradigm precludes the end of the development industry making the teleological ends of development exist only as a chimera, while the inherent discourse reifies the underdeveloped subject in Africa. I develop this argument based on seventy-five original interviews with government officials, civil society organizations, and donors in Burkina Faso and Kenya’s health sector.
Harper-Shipman, Takiyah, "What's Left to Own?: Moving Beyond Ownership of Development in Aid-dependent Africa" (2017). Doctoral Dissertations. 1436.