Category: Development and Aid

Village meeting

Community development projects start here

I took this photo this morning (it’s actually a composite of ten photos). This is a village meeting with some of the residents of a cocoa growing community near Nsuta. Click to embiggen. I’ve already blogged about a village meeting – timekeeping issues and the like. The image above acts as a kind of...


The stuff we don’t want

Mongabay highlights the appalling situation in the Agbogbloshie slum outside Accra, which has become a massive toxic dumping ground for electronic waste. Agbogbloshie understandably gets a lot of attention, but it has been interesting to see some of the wider picture here. The e-waste in Agbogbloshie is the stuff that can’t be fixed any more...

Is it ethical to buy ethically?

Slavoj Žižek, a Marxist philosopher who believes that liberal capitalism is about to suffer a spectacular fall, offers a criticism of liberal capitalism as a tool for bringing about social change and ameliorating the faults of progress – and lays the blame at our door. Is that fair?

It’s World Population Day

Just in case you were thinking it had been at least a week since the last World Something Day, along comes World Population Day. Falling as it does on a Sunday and the day of the World Cup Final, World Population Day is naturally bound to attract a lot of attention.


Development reading

I’ve been gathering links to blogs and websites covering international development and aid – the list is growing all the time but here so far is a selection of regularly updated sites with interesting content:

Ivan Illich

To hell with good intentions

For most of my life, all I knew of Ivan Illich was that he was the was the author of Tools for Conviviality, particularly this excerpt, which was ironically his restating of a comment by Swedish economist Staffan Linder: …there is a strong tendency for us to over-commit the future, so that...

Dongria Kondh

The real Na’vi

Survival International is campaigning to raise awareness of the plight of the Dongria Kondh of India’s Orissa state, who they say face the destruction of their land and livelihood, including their sacred mountain. British mining company Vedanta Resources plan to dig an open-pit bauxite mine on the Dongria Kondh’s sacred Niyamgiri mountain,...