The quote is from Plato. This blog seeks to understand how micro-actions can be used by participants - often termed 'beneficiaries' in international development - to drive their own acquisition of resources, internal or external, to maintain quality of life.
I was touched to learn that Albert Hirschman died on December 10th. He warned us about unintended consequences of development actions, for which I’m grateful. He also taught us how three mechanisms – exit, voice and loyalty – relate directly to...Learn More
I watched the BBC’s The Trouble with Aid with my wife, who does not work in development or humanitarian aid. She was very troubled by the issues. So was I, of course, all over again. I was impressed by the honesty of Dr Randolph Kent of King’s College...Learn More
When I am in an area of relative poverty compared to my home country, I am sometimes aware that I am paying over the local market price or being in some way ‘fiddled’. I have a souvenir from Koi Chang hanging in my kitchen that reminds me how well a beach...Learn More