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By Paul Ekins

Ekins combines a compendium of our planet's maximum ills with stirring, real-life examples of individuals breaking out of outdated moulds to turn into useful challenge solvers.

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3. Maintenance of the luxurious lifestyles of development professionals, especially in the United Nations and multilateral development organisations. 4. Multiplication of bureaucracy with associated waste, inefficiency and abrogation of responsibility. 26 THE NEED FOR NEW APPROACHES To these objectives which have self-evidently nothing to do with serving the interest of the poor in recipient countries can be traced most of the development disasters, documented by Hancock, which have afflicted Third World countries: Roads that end in rivers and then continue blithely onward on the other side, silos without power supplies, highly sophisticated equipment that no-one can use, installed in remote places, aquaculture projects producing fish at $4,000 per kilo for consumption by African peasants who do not even earn $400 per year, dams that dispossess thousands and spread fatal water-borne diseases, resettlement schemes that make the migrants poorer than they were before they left home, that destroy the environment and obliterate tribal peoples—such blunders are not quaint exceptions to some benign and general rule of development.

They postulate a mutual self-interest in reform where none in f fac exists. This means that their recommendations are most unlikely to be implemented. • They fail to identify with anything like enough emphasis the real reforming agenda which could break the development deadlock: strategies of participation, community organisation, democratisation, feminisation and environmental conservation. It is the reforming agenda, and the actions taken to implement it, that will be the subject of Chapters 5 and 6.

148) In fact it is somewhat surprising that a relationship between governments of North and South should ever have been expected to benefit the Southern poor, because the majority of Southern governments are neither representative of nor sensitive to the interests of their poor. As already discussed, sixty-four developing countries were under military control in 1988, and forty-three countries were reported to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture for torturing their citizens. Yet many of these governments of these countries are precisely those to which it is often proposed that ever greater transfers of ‘aid’ should be effected.

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