Ann Swidler

University of California, Berkeley

Ann Swidler, professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, will write a book on the role of local brokers and mediators in shaping humanitarian efforts, and the frequently vast distance between donor intent and action on the ground. The book will be based on data and field research from AIDS organizations in sub-Saharan Africa and will examine the organizational and individual interests of national elites, local NGO staff, and aspiring village elites in translating donor ideas into projects.


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