What is development?

Written by on July 10, 2010 in Helping Without Hurting, Notes By The Way with 0 Comments

“…development is the gradual emergence of a problem-solving system” (William Easterly)

Development isn’t the same as targeting aid to solve problems. The truth is, when international aid hinders or delays locally initiated and developed solutions, then it is counter-productive to development. International aid needs to work itself out of a job, but will the institutions behind international aid let that happen?

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About the Author: Andy Gray is a writer and photographer living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and working with Alongsiders International. You can find him puttering around the streets of Phnom Penh on his Suzuki Viva 125, running stoplights and driving on the wrong side of the road or on the sidewalks like a local. If you see him in a coffee shop, he'll be the one typing and deleting the same line over and over again. .

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