a notebook about human development and evaluation by michaela raab
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.