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Partnership In Research: A New Model For Development Assistance

ByJoseph V. Remenyi

This chapter examines the link between development models and the perception they provide of the technology transfer and technology generation problems. The thesis of it is that the technical assistance model is no longer the optimal model for technology transfer and development. In the contemporary lexicon of development assistance, development is portrayed as a process by which less advanced economies 'catch up' to the more advanced. T. W. Schultz hypothesized a 'poor but efficient' subsistence agriculture sector, which was in long-run equilibrium consistent with available technology. The Schultz thesis rejected the assumption that apparently underemployed resources in the agricultural sector could be more efficiently employed in other sectors of the economy without loss. The shift toward collaboration and partnership in research for development is in its infancy, but evident in several areas of official development assistance. Collaboration in development assistance implies a commitment to complementing the skills and capacities of the developing country partner rather than substituting for local resources.