Monday 28 May 2012

Greetings from Myanmar

Where the digital revolution has reached deep into the Ayeyarwady Delta (picture).  And where many people I meet are worried about the "development and democratisation industry" descending upon the country. People fear Myanmar might become "another Cambodia" - i.e. a place with many happy, wealthy expatriates running hundreds of mutually contradictory projects all over the country, recruiting highly skilled local people away from local initiatives and institutions, fostering competition instead of collaboration... If you want to read more about bad examples - as well as avenues for improving the dire record of international aid efforts -, click HERE.

Wednesday 9 May 2012

Participatory Statistics and more

Last week I attended a riveting conference on participatory statistics, featuring, among others, Robert Chambers and Carlos Barahona. It'll take a few weeks until I'll find time to write more about this but I am eager to start sharing. Have a look at this video by Carlos Barahona - from an earlier conference, but very much in line with what we discussed last week. Enjoy!