On Bob Dylan and reverse international development.

So this Halloween I’m going as Bob Dylan, c.1966.  (I’m a bit long of tooth to pull off the 20-something songpoet…my attempt at Bono last year was more age-appropriate).  Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home has been rattling around my cranium as I think about working domestically vs internationally.

International development work can be like a funnel. The west sees a need in a developing country, and pours lots of money, energy, creative ideas, good intentions, and chutzpah into the fat end. By the time aid hits the ground through the skinny end, bad planning, high overhead for international agencies, cultural misunderstandings, and hubris can reduce it all to a sad trickle.

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