Nothing like a good debate to wake one up! What I\’ve been reading this week:
- The Arrogance of Good Intentions: NYU Economist William Easterly reviews Nina Munk\’s book \’The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty\’ and questions Sachs\’s seductive message of eradicating poverty through western aid.
- Going Against Duflo: Raj Patel critiques the Abhijit Banerji-Esther Duflo duo for focussing on \’what works\’ when tackling poverty, and ignoring critical contextual issues. [Key points: they ignore larger contextual issues, assume \’what works\’ in one place will work in other contexts, ignore ethical issues around randomised controlled trials]
- On Measuring Resilience: A new paper from IDS on possible directions towards \’measuring\’ resilience. Resilience has become the new \’sustainable development\’ and by that I mean it is being championed as the new goal to aspire to and has found a dedicated following amongst development academicians and practitioners. [Key points: resilience indicators must be multi-scale, multi-dimension, objective as well as subjective, scalable/generic, and built independent of factors affecting resilience].
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