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"This is a remarkable book. The author draws on her long experience in working on development programs in Pakistan to illuminate some of the major problems in the symbiotic relationships between providers of development assistance and the governments that receive the assistance."

"This book highlights the well-documented problems with foreign assistance from within the system. It is a must-read for anyone working in development."

"Samia Altaf gives you hilarious accounts of how advisors from overseas go about implementing their 'projects.' How many at the World Bank, IMF and WHO have read this account of how aid actually works? How many high level bureaucrats with policy making powers at these agencies, will make the effort, or learn from these observations?"

"A must-read for anyone working in development."

"Insightful and highly readable narrative."

"An engrossing account, at times hilarious, at others heartbreaking."