Author Archives: Jennifer Davies

Reflections

Before starting this course, I had a naive view on development; that ‘us’ in developed countries had a duty to help ‘them’ in less developed countries.  I definitely believed in the ‘single story’ (Adichie, 2009) of Africa – that all … Continue reading

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07/12/2032 – 20 Years of Good Change

In 2012 I was a student in a world filled with uncertainties – a global recession, rapid climate change and fears about food shortages.  Twenty years later it is amazing to see how much the world has changed – we … Continue reading

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Can Aid Improve the World?

‘Aid has become a cultural commodity’ (Moyo, 2009 p.xix) Whether aid is working is a strongly contested topic.  Since the 1940s, approximately one trillion US dollars have been transferred as aid from developed countries to Africa (Moyo, 2009).  Yet there … Continue reading

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Gates Foundation – Doing Good or Causing Harm?

When talking about actors in development, NGOs are usually the first thing people think about.  They are seen as a ‘development alternative’ (Banks and Hulme, 2012 p.8) to official development actors due to their ability to work independently of the … Continue reading

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The History of Development

‘If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development’ (Aristotle). To understand something, and therefore be able to change it, its past must be understood.  The past has had a great influence on development and to change the … Continue reading

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What Is Development?

What is development?  Development as a word has come to mean many different things to different people.  Is development about wealth?  Is it about opportunities?  Equality?  Or is it just about happiness? There are many different views on what development … Continue reading

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