Jun 01 2009

A broad framework

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I have argued strongly in previous posts that no one-size-fits-all development project exists because terms must be tailored to individual populations. Yet there is a broad framework that all development practitioners should abide by; doing so helps appropriately tailor projects without prescribing, for instances, steps that would work in Uzbekistan but not Uganda. Three guidelines for approaching development are: respecting the notion of incremental change; recognizing the integrative nature of development that does not ignore the reality of networks; and creating adaptive development projects that respond to changing needs of the population. Continue Reading »

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Jun 01 2009

Restructuring for a Drought Network

by at 2:57 pm

This weekend, I spent a beautiful afternoon in the sun at a local pool. As I looked around at the mass of other people enjoying the same opportunity, I acknowledged how bodies of water connect people in communities and connect countries across the open seas. Yet for many developing countries, how isolating it must be during a drought or a particularly arid season in which crops fail and access to water is limited to the point of serious health risks. Through the lens of a development strategist, utilizing many of Douglass North’s principles, I propose the following plan to counteract some of the network interstices that could potentially reconnect such a community to a public good in times of crisis.

20-acre Chilean pool by fak3r

20-acre Chilean pool by fak3r

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