Welcome to “The Development Set”

Sarika Bansal
Jan 5, 2016 · 3 min read
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“The Development Set is bright and noble
Our thoughts are deep and our vision global;
Although we move with the better classes
Our thoughts are always with the masses.

“In Sheraton Hotels in scattered nations
We damn multi-national corporations;
Injustice seems easy to protest
In such seething hotbeds of social rest.”

— Ross Coggins, “The Development Set”

This is what the world of international development looked like in 1976 to missionary and foreign aid worker Ross Coggins. He wrote the poem “The Development Set” to satirize the well-intentioned, but ultimately self-serving, individuals who traveled far and wide to gaze at the poor.

“Enough of these verses — on with the mission!
Our task is as broad as the human condition!
Just pray god the biblical promise is true:
The poor ye shall always have with you.”

Together, let’s create a publication that would make him and millions of other development skeptics proud.

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The Development Set

Stories and conversations about global health and social…

Thanks to Gabe Kleinman

Sarika Bansal

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Editor-in-chief of BRIGHT Magazine (brightthemag.com). Lover of wit and hot sauce.

The Development Set

Stories and conversations about global health and social impact.

Sarika Bansal

Written by

Editor-in-chief of BRIGHT Magazine (brightthemag.com). Lover of wit and hot sauce.

The Development Set

Stories and conversations about global health and social impact.

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