Thursday, November 03, 2005
Development: a spent word?
First, there is no firm link between economic growth and “development”. During the nineties, Botswana’s economy was growing at one of the fastest paces in the world. So was its HIV epidemic.
Second, there is ample evidence that rich countries are not necessarily more civilized than poor countries.
Third, our potential to learn from each other is reduced when some countries consider themselves as “developed”: the term fuels complacency for the rich and is condescending towards poor and middle income countries.