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University of Vermont

Publication Date

Fall 2007

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Cameroon: Development and Social Change


It is said that development addresses the quality and progression of life; that a country be self-sustainable in accessing its resources, educating its children, curing its sick, and guaranteeing its citizens contribution to a sufficient political and social environment. If the term is so, how do we justify development on a world scale? Do development projects that begin in the West have the same capacity for efficiency in the Third World? How does development aid make certain that those who are in need receive what they are promised? This paper is a field-based case study that analyzes in first the progression of the term development starting with early economic theories, moving into discussions of modern western and alternative theories, in second, the ideas of employees of the development field in Cameroon of both American and Cameroonian decent. In using both historical and modern perspectives of the subject, this discussion on development seeks to define effectively the overall term of development as it applies to different people working in different levels of society, and assess why projects of Western foreign aid often fail at bringing overall development to the Third World.


Growth and Development


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