Over on Open the Echo Chamber, I look back at my book Delivering Development in the context of the new World Development Report. Specifically, I look at how the WDR addresses the three big claims behind my book:
- Most of the time, we have no idea what the global poor are doing or why they are doing it.
- Because of this, most of our projects are designed for what we think is going on, which rarely aligns with reality
- This is why so many development projects fail, and if we keep doing this, the consequences will get dire
My conclusion – OK at #1, a recognition of #2, and no attention at all to #3.