Development, 2011, 54(4), pp. 514-19.
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In this scholar-practitioner journal dedicated to critical views on international development, I use my own experience to expose the incompatibility of the common ‘development’ worldview with political realities in Palestine; and I critique the development community for playing along with the charade that Palestine is “post-conflict.” Using the findings of research with grassroots civil society organizations, I show how dependence on development cooperation often contributes to the denial of Palestinians’ right to self-determination. I argue for honest self-reflection by the international development community, the Palestinian Authority, and Palestinian civil society to end complicity with efforts that maintain structural inequality rather than challenge it.