Category Archive: development

Naïveté? Or Exploitation?

If there was one thing I learned from my Peace Corps experience it was that people everywhere know a lot more than the lucky few in the worldwide elites believe they do—and that… Continue reading

West Africa’s Illusory Development

Twenty-two  years ago, I sat on a bench in Lomé, Togo watching a stream of people running in anger toward the central marketplace. Moments later, black smoke was billowing from the market. Soon,… Continue reading

From the Voice of Experience?

Oh, I know, you don’t have to be able to do something–or to have done it–to comment upon it. But there is certainly value to experience. Those of us who are Returned Peace… Continue reading

Technology, Culture, and Development

The debate over Nicholas Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) reinforces my belief that few of us willingly recognize that technology alone can never be an answer for anything. Technology works within cultural… Continue reading