Intro to Development

Intro to Development - Introduction to Development By: Dave...

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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to Development By: Dave Shuler Trends in the Field Field is growing/flourishing Re-defining of terminologies and objectives Recognition of complexities and complications Increase of stereotypes, ethnocentrisms, and misinformation among general public Increase of need among poor (getting worse not better) Increasing controversy Recognition of gaps, e.g. between disciplines, between theory and practice Recognition of polarizations, e.g. North-South, male- female, rich-poor, top down- bottom up Increasing acceptance of holistic approach Focus on gender: the important role of women Decline of Modernization theory Culture Matters Definitions What is Poverty? What is Development? What is Poverty ? Poverty is hunger, loneliness, no where to go when the day is over, deprivation, discrimination, abuse and illiteracy. Tarawatti Sooklall, single, mother of two, Guyana Povertymeans powerlessness and low status. It means a culture of silence. It means bearing children on the street. It means the lack of privacy, dignity, and any kind of security. Mahila Milan (a womens collective of pavement dwellers), Bombay, India Poverty is the denial of all human rights. It is not created by the poor. It is created and sustained by the system we have built around us. Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank Poverty is lack of opportunity, lack of freedom. It is hunger and malnutrition, disease and lack of basic social services. It is a policy failure that degrades peoplethose who suffer it, and those who tolerate it. It is an equity gap between countries and within countries. Poverty is still the gravest insult to human dignity. Poverty is the scar on humanitys face. Gor Harlem Burndtland, Prime Minister of Norway. Causes of Poverty ? It should not be surprising that along with a wealth of insight and information, the flourishing of development studies has also brought forth misinformation, disinformation, and new conceptual vehicles for ethnocentricity and prejudice. Jan Black, 1991 Elements of Successful Change/Betterment/Development 1. Insistence on Preparation (Before, During, After) Elements of Successful Change/Betterment/Development 1. Insistence on Preparation (Before, During, After) 2. Complete Honesty and Disclosure of Intent and Motive Elements of Successful...
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