10 Propositions for international development projects…
Pete Vowles 🇰🇪🇬🇧

#9 (‘projects rarely solve the root causes of poverty. People can’) puts me in mind of the definintion of development as ‘catching people doing something right’. There are huge numbers of initiatives and priorities which (poor) people have self-identified (out of necessity) and are already committed to, which just need a push here, a nudge there, while we then stand back and let them get on with it. Sadly, nobody writes LogFrames with that kind of Output. It just sounds so passive….

It may be full of ‘realism and humility’, but perhaps it is too humble, lacking sufficient attribution/ambition and thus wouldn’t get approval.

Jaime Lerner (2014) talks about ‘urban acupuncture’, for instance; small-scaled, targetted interventions that release embedded social and economic energies. Probably very effective, but not very impressive sounding as an ‘urban investment programme’.