Where possible moving from food aid to cash aid makes sense – it transfers decision making to the poor and enables them to decide on what they feel are their economic priorities. After all, there is no reason to believe that the poor cannot make rational economic decisions.
Considering that millions of poor live in poverty in rural India, how could one go about creating jobs there? My musings..
Clay Shirky and others believe that social media can aid citizens to make democratic governance more responsive. All existing democracies apply filters and even aspects of authoritarianism to function. Can “open source” democracy truly exist? When does it become anarchy?
The recent poor show of India in the Programme for International Student Assessment raised more jingoistic hackles than concerned voices. I discuss the sorry state of education in India.
I discuss Direct Cash Transfers in India with a bunch of people throwing questions at me. I find it a positive move to reduce corruption and restored dignity to the poor. Read on for more……….
I muse on the well intentioned (it is not always?) but paternalistic behaviour of NGOs.
In the recent past I have been having a lot of discussion on caste in India. One cannot discuss caste without talking about reservations. My musings on the same
Why are so many development programmes based on the Trickle Down Effect? Should we not be a bit direct?
The question of rise of Chinese presence in Africa has been a subject of debate for many years now. My thoughts on the same.
A Somali woman’s story encourages me to reflect on what we need to learn from her. Here is Nimco, from Somaliland.
What are the areas where charities could use disruption? Why? What should charities be doing to address these? My musings…
Capacity building is something that all development workers do at some point or other. Does it work? Why or why not? My musings at