Thursday, February 02, 2006

Tired of development rhetoric?

If you care about developing country problems but are also simultaneously fed-up with all the Live-8s, Millennium Development Goals and the like, there is a research paper that will leave you utterly satisfied that there is hope. Not everyone is lost in bureaucracy and vested interests. Some developmentalists have got it right!

The paper is titled: Planners Vs Searchers in foreign aid (click on title to download in pdf).
The Adam Smith Institute blog called it "refreshing," which it indeed is.

My review of it:
"I am utterly fed-up with all the media-hyped frenzy that is whipped up to promote celebrity in the name of helping the poor. Equally so, I am fed-up with all the summits that surmount to nothing, an outcome that is discernible before the actual event, preventable but not avoided. Professor William Easterly's paper Planners Vs Searchers in foreign aid comes at a propitious time. I feel encouraged."


Anonymous Jonathan Koh said...

Easterly's stuff is interesting. Can't agree with it totally

Sen has a good critique of it his new book here:

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