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In this introductory chapter, the author narrates his experiences with Thomas Wälde who occupied a senior legal post at the United Nations Department of Technical Cooperation and Development (UNDTCD). This was a branch of the organization that carried out development missions financed by other branches like United Nations Development Plan (UNDP). A sub-branch of UNDTCD dealt with mineral development. The chapter further talks about aid development organizations, including charitable ones and NGOs of all types, that are bureaucracies engaged in survival and, to survive, they compete with one another. International organizations, which today comprise hordes of NGOs, local and international, have become a force to be reckoned with. Success comes down to good field work, individual devotion and competence as well as honest and steady support from the sponsorship.

Keywords: aid development organizations; NGO; Thomas Wälde; UNDTCD; United Nations Development Plan (UNDP)



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