cj#430> re: THE LEXICON OF DEVELOPMENT

1996-01-21

Richard Moore

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Date: Sun, 21 Jan 1996
Sender: Arun Mehta <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: cj#429> Seabrook: RE-EXAMINING THE LEXICON OF DEVELOPMENT

> The most
> prestigious project of the British Overseas Development Agency,
> the Western Ghats Reforestation Project in India, reserves almost
> one-third of its disbursements for consultancies within the
> United Kingdom, a country which, having successfully ruined its
> own forests 200 years ago, is now instructing the people of
> Karnataka, millennial guardians of their own jungles, how to
> improve on nature.

The German development authorities had put out a series of posters and
advertisements to "sell" development to their citizens, which pointed out
that for every mark that was spent as development aid, DM1.15 came back
as orders for German business! The posters had a common theme, "One half
of the world cannot live without the other half" then there was a picture
and a caption. One of these said, "So that their bazaars become markets
for our goods."

Of course it made me angry. I was told that these were for domestic, not
international consumption, and without support from the local people,
even the trickle that now went to development would stop.

I would like to see some of the blame laid at the doorstep of developing
countries as well. Far too much development aid has gone to line the
pockets of those in power (in India, we're going through a major
corruption scandal *again*. 3 cabinet ministers have already resigned).

Arun Mehta, B-69 Lajpat Nagar-I, New Delhi-24, India. Phone 6841172,6849103

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Arun,
        Good points.  I reserve my greatest anger for the cases where the
"developing" government is installed with the help of external military or
covert activity, and then proceeds to take on unneeded projects and debt.
The people first suffer under the dictator, and then are left to suffer
austerity while the bribes escape to Switzerland.

-rkm

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Date: Sun, 21 Jan 1996
Sender: Francisco Lopez <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: cj#429> Seabrook: RE-EXAMINING THE LEXICON OF DEVELOPMENT

Another great article and another reason I'm so glad to be subscribed to
this list.

Francisco Lopez
Economist
Miami Beach, FL, USA

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